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Confused Cottonwood

A couple of weeks ago a knowledgeable friend (thanks Ron) drew my attention to a tall and mature Cottonwood tree growing beside the local cemetery. Way, way up high he said “it looks like there is a birch tree growing out of a crack or fork in the main trunk”. Finally we got [...]

2022-11-27T12:48:51-05:00Sunday, November 27, 2022|1000 Species, baie d'urfe, Baie-D'Urfe, trees|

Winter Bird Duties Recommence

It took a lot of organisation to ensure that the first snowfall of the winter came yesterday, just one day before our first weekly duty session at the MBO (bird banding station). Along with a couple of friends who do the same on another day of the week, we will be regularly visiting [...]

2022-11-17T17:06:28-05:00Thursday, November 17, 2022|1000 Species, Birding, birds, Montreal|

The Devil’s Dipstick

A friend called us over this afternoon to admire some "interesting" fungi growing in a wood-chip path in her garden. Very well worth the visit (nice to visit and chat anyway) because there was a large collection of fungi of the genus Mutinus. This genus being named after a phallic deity, Mutunus, one [...]

2022-09-21T16:24:24-04:00Wednesday, September 21, 2022|1000 Species, Baie-D'Urfe, fungi|

Wonderful Fungal Names

Walking down the road earlier today we spotted - well, in truth, J spotted - two groups of fungi on the mown grass verge. It has rained in biblical amounts these past couple of days so fungi are everywhere. So - the reason for this post is that having (I think) identified [...]

2022-09-20T19:14:07-04:00Tuesday, September 20, 2022|1000 Species, Baie-D'Urfe, fungi|

Now in PRINT !!

Earlier this year, just in time for spring, I completed an early version of my book 1001 Species: A Natural History of a Small Town and offered it to the public as free PDF download. It enjoyed moderate success in the very small and rather niche market it was offered to and [...]

2022-09-16T18:21:51-04:00Friday, September 16, 2022|1000 Species, Baie-D'Urfe, Birding, birds, Book, wildflowers, wildlife|

Traffic Jam

There are two groups of plants that are always spoken of as "THE" obligatory species to grow in a wildlife garden - Asters and Golden Rod. Very hot and sunny this afternoon in the garden and ten minutes baking in front of a single Golden Rod produced these eight species. There were more [...]

2022-09-03T15:46:55-04:00Saturday, September 3, 2022|1000 Species, Baie-D'Urfe, flowers, Garden, Insects|

Lascivious Fluttering

J, my irreplaceable and invaluable spotter of good things, directed me to these two Clouded Sulphur butterflies in the garden who were making merry, or even hay while the sun shines, on the New England Asters. Clearly they were intent on trying to make more butterflies. The rear butterfly is the male and [...]

2022-09-03T14:53:10-04:00Saturday, September 3, 2022|1000 Species, Baie-D'Urfe, Garden, Insects|

Great Black Digger Wasp – Huge!

Great Black Digger Wasp (Sphex pensylvanicus) J drew this to my attention. Normally I would pass this insect by, having tipped a hat to it as one does, as being just another mud-wasp which we often see beside the garden pond. But ... it was enormous, longer than my standard top-joint-of-the-thumb definition of [...]

2022-08-26T14:14:58-04:00Friday, August 26, 2022|1000 Species, Baie-D'Urfe, Garden, Insects|
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