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Progressive Bee Fly … unusual

Something a little unusual in this morning's garden. This is a "Bee Fly" and possibly Exoprosopa decora ... the Progressive Bee Fly. To quote from the internet - a member of the Bombyliidae which is a family of flies (diptera) comprising hundreds of genera, but the life cycles of most species are [...]

2022-08-05T12:53:50-04:00Friday, August 5, 2022|1000 Species, Baie-D'Urfe, Garden, Insects|

We (almost) won Canada !!

The five day Nature Conservancy Canada Bioblitz ended last night and we came in eighth out of 1788 participants (8/1788). That's two spots down the league table from last year but at 249 species we increased our total by 32 ... eighth place out of all of Canada. Must say we are [...]

2022-08-03T09:20:07-04:00Tuesday, August 2, 2022|1000 Species, wildlife|

First Visitors

After a couple of hot days around and in the newly refurbished garden pond with its up-sized waterfall we were wondering which birds would be the first to make use of their four-star facilities. It was going to be improbable that it would be a warbler or anything rare and interesting as the [...]

2022-06-09T15:01:50-04:00Tuesday, June 7, 2022|1000 Species, Baie-D'Urfe, birds, Garden, pond|

Today’s Visitors

Having established (see the previous post to this journal - LINK) overnight that the new trailcam records nighttime visitors in the dark, I set it up by the waterfall for a few hours during the day - here are some video highlights of the birds that dropped by the waterfall in the [...]

2022-05-22T18:29:27-04:00Sunday, May 22, 2022|1000 Species, Baie-D'Urfe, birds, Garden|

Creatures of the Night

New ventures in neighbour-watching ... four footed, furry neighbours. A member of an on-line naturalist group from Ontario recently posted some splendid trail-cam images of deer and other wildlife at a vernal pool. Inspiration was sparked. A few years ago, ten perhaps, we had purchased a trail-cam to watch birds visiting our garden [...]

2022-05-22T09:18:25-04:00Sunday, May 22, 2022|1000 Species, animals, Baie-D'Urfe, Garden, Trailcam|

Mining Bees – first of the year

Temperatures a bit above 10C in the past couple of days and some warm sunshine produced the emergence of a number of tiny bees busily investigating leaf litter and Sanguinaria and crocus flowers near the garden waterfall this afternoon ... the camera and I went outside to meet them. These bees are a [...]

2022-05-01T10:39:53-04:00Friday, April 29, 2022|1000 Species, Baie-D'Urfe, Garden, Insects|

1001 Species – Some Ducks and Friends

It’s been quite cool so far this April and today was no exception. A reasonable air temperatures but quite a cold wind … perfect weather to go and enjoy ducks we decided. Just across the river, and within the 8km self-imposed circle (that’s 5 miles for American friends) there is some often good [...]

2022-04-22T23:19:26-04:00Friday, April 22, 2022|1000 Species, animals, Birding, birds|

Birds at Lunch (Video)

In the recent snows we have had a lot of "winter finches" visit the garden. There are still photos in a separate post on this journal but here is a brief video of a Common redpoll interacting with American Goldfinches at one of our feeders.

2022-02-25T15:23:17-05:00Friday, February 25, 2022|1000 Species, birds, Garden|

Studying Birds Up Close (Video)

People who know us know that we like to spend time with birds. This video (NOT made by me note) is the first in a series intended to educate Elementary School children from grades 3 to 6 about the important work that is done at the McGill Bird Observatory (MBO) in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec. [...]

2022-02-20T12:26:48-05:00Wednesday, February 16, 2022|1000 Species, Baie-D'Urfe, Birding, birds, BPQ|
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