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 [...]

12 01, 2020

Basic Bread – Updated

2020-01-12T11:13:35-05:00Sunday, January 12, 2020|

Several weeks ago I shared a recipe for making tasty basic sourdough bread. Over Christmas and the New Year I have been experimenting and have amended the recipe with a few minor tweaks and suggestions. The revised method can be found at the following link: https://sparroworks.ca/sourdough-bread-basics/

5 01, 2020

Hawks and Wolves

2020-01-03T17:51:08-05:00Sunday, January 5, 2020|

Feed the Birds Every Thursday in Winter we start a morning's birding by visiting the nearby MBO bird banding station and filling the bid feeders followed by taking a census of the birds to be seen in the cold snow. This is quite a special thing for us - the station is [...]

5 01, 2020

New Photograph Albums

2020-01-03T17:52:43-05:00Sunday, January 5, 2020|

As you know, this Journal has a parallel website devoted to just photographs and nothing else. You can visit it at https://www.greenbirding.ca/ That site, as well as showcasing individual photographs one at a time, has been augmented over the Christmas period with the addition of a collection of carefully chosen photographs in [...]

1 01, 2020

Garden Birds 2019 (illustrated)

2020-01-05T12:40:01-05:00Wednesday, January 1, 2020|

We no longer keep detailed birding "lists" just for the sake of keeping lists, but we do keep records to track what happens where and when through the seasons and year by year. Today is New Year's Day 2020 - and time to record how many birds were seen in our garden during the [...]

29 12, 2019

A Daily Sherlockian Quotation

2019-12-27T18:34:02-05:00Sunday, December 29, 2019|

Over the Christmas period, as chance would have it, I came into possession of a collection of Sherlock Holmes quotations appropriate to each day of the year. What better, than to share them on a daily basis with my chums throughout the new year on Facebook, commencing on New Year's Day. I will [...]