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16 02, 2020

Pink Valentine Squirrel

2020-02-15T16:04:02-05:00Sunday, February 16, 2020|

Messy Eater Blood on the Snow We’ve noted before that the berries on the native Viburnum triloba are eaten in the fall while those on the similar European species (Guelder rose) are left until well into the New Year. Obviously those of the native species are more palatable while the [...]

9 02, 2020

Nature Baie-D’Urfé

2020-02-09T07:58:49-05:00Sunday, February 9, 2020|

"Community Wildlifing" A few days ago I “launched” a new project in oour town that I have called Nature Baie-D’Urfé. I like nature and spend almost all my free time doing things that involve interacting with nature, be it gardening or wildlifing. But more than that, basically I am a nerd. I am [...]

2 02, 2020

Lunchtime Acrobatics (video)

2020-02-02T08:22:13-05:00Sunday, February 2, 2020|

As faithful followers of this journal will have gathered, there are a lot of squirrels around here. Although most of our gardening is designed to provide food and shelter to birds and insects it is a given that squirrels will take advantage ... as do raccoons and skunks and mice and all sorts [...]

2 02, 2020

Deer and Forest Biodiversity – What is Normal?

2020-02-01T14:16:47-05:00Sunday, February 2, 2020|

What did forests once look like? It has been understood, taken as gospel, that the “Bambi Factor” which prevents hunting and management culls of too large deer populations is leading, in large parts of eastern North America, to a severe loss of forest understory as out of control deer eat pretty well [...]

26 01, 2020

Squirrel Appreciation Day

2020-01-25T15:18:22-05:00Sunday, January 26, 2020|

The 21 January each year is Squirrel Appreciation Day - as we were reminded throughoout the day by numerous emails and FB posts from the various conservation organizations that we support. A couple of days later this rather scruffy black-form gray squirrel visited the garden in order to do some appreciating of [...]

19 01, 2020

Northern Hawk Owl

2020-01-14T16:02:58-05:00Sunday, January 19, 2020|

Ten Years Ago If you are a birder or a photographer, please don't get excited - this bird was found ten years ago and the photographs were serendipitously resurfaced whilst I was cleaning out unrequired pictures from my too large digital archives. The Northern Hawk Owl (Surnia ulula) is a very rare [...]

19 01, 2020

Beautiful Natural Playground

2020-01-16T15:52:35-05:00Sunday, January 19, 2020|

Walking in the Snow with Birds There was some gentle snow overnight on Wednesday and so we had to go out and make the most of it Thursday morning. The temperatures were not too cold (they will be exceptionally cold by the weekend) and we had a good tramp. This wooded and [...]

19 01, 2020

… and Juncoes

2020-01-18T12:58:51-05:00Sunday, January 19, 2020|

The garden bird interest continues - after yesterday's unbeatable visit of a group of Eastern Bluebirds. Dark-eyed Juncoes. hardly uncommon at this time of year, we see them daily. However small, dark birds silhouetted against bright white snow are far from the easiest things to get decent photographs of. Well, no longer. [...]

17 01, 2020

January Bluebirds

2020-01-18T15:03:45-05:00Friday, January 17, 2020|

Bluebirds in Mid-Winter !!! It's the 17 January, the sun is shining from a clear blue sky, temperatures are -16C (with windchill -27C) and there we are, sitting in the warm reading the papers when a small bird lands in the viburnum bush just outside. A quick glance, not expecting anything other [...]

12 01, 2020

Sherlockian Omnibus #1

2020-01-12T11:14:31-05:00Sunday, January 12, 2020|

Ten Days with Sherlock Holmes You will recall that 2020 is going to be enlivened by a daily Sherlockian quotation shared with the world via the medium of Facebook. But, as we know, not everyone is on GB or is not connected to the author of this journal so there will be [...]