Under a leaden sky.

The fellow was clearing an ice skating track on the river ice while some serious cloud loomed menacingly overhead. If you peer closely there's a plane below the clouds coming down to land at the airport. Two ways of moving about.

2022-01-05T21:43:40-05:00Wednesday, January 5, 2022|Baie-D'Urfe, winter|

2021 – Annual Garden Bird List = 76 Species

One of the must do tasks for New Year's Day around here is to total up the number of species of birds that we have heard or seen in or from our garden during the preceding year. The garden list for 2021 topped off at a gratifying 76 different species of birds. [...]

2022-01-02T12:14:37-05:00Saturday, January 1, 2022|1000 Species, Accounts, Baie-D'Urfe, birds, Garden|

Words for the Winter Solstice

THE SHORTEST DAY So the shortest day came, and the year died, And everywhere down the centuries of the snow-white world Came people singing, dancing, To drive the dark away. They lighted candles in the winter trees; They hung their homes with evergreen; They burned beseeching fires all night long To keep [...]

2021-12-21T07:41:04-05:00Tuesday, December 21, 2021|Baie-D'Urfe, winter|

On Important Urban Trees

In Baie-D'Urfé, and in other similar towns blessed with lots of trees, we often speak of the importance of our trees. This extract from an excellent book about urban nature, speaks to that understanding and explains why providing small, replacement trees ("oh, they will get big in a few years") are not [...]

2021-12-17T11:15:03-05:00Thursday, December 16, 2021|Baie-D'Urfe, birds, trees|

A Week to Mid-Winter.

Snow - then a brief marginal thaw - and now cold again with ice. Only a week though to the winter solstice after which the days begin to lengthen again on the way to the return of spring. Before that, however, we have January and February and serious winter days ahead. [...]

2021-12-15T14:55:11-05:00Wednesday, December 15, 2021|Baie-D'Urfe, winter|

Sunset on the River – December

Approximately this date but taken ten years ago at the end of the road - resurfaced from the archives. Never throw anything away, one day it will be of use. Last night there was a pretty violent wind storm with gusts up to 100km/hr and power outages all over the province ... thank goodness [...]

2021-12-12T11:54:44-05:00Wednesday, December 8, 2021|Baie-D'Urfe, birds, Landscape|

Coming – Spring 2022

HOSTAGE TO FORTUNE The sole point of this post is to make sure, by making a public commitment, that my current project is actually going to be completed on time. After 23 years just looking at wildlife in this region and after the daily species blog posts I published for a couple of [...]

2021-11-29T14:48:57-05:00Tuesday, November 23, 2021|1000 Species, Baie-D'Urfe|

Bryan’s Benches

Sometimes, while wandering around town, it's pleasant to find a bench with a view and just sit down and ponder for a while. Bryan, a small town resident who lodges with us, is collecting ponderable town benches as winter approaches ... he has asked the town residents to suggest which benches they [...]

2021-11-19T22:29:06-05:00Friday, November 19, 2021|Baie-D'Urfe|

All Hallows Flowers

All Hallows Garden Flowers : 1 November 2021 In England we used to have fun finding how many plants we had in flower in the garden on Christmas Day. Not really an option here but J had a good idea when she noticed just how many flowers are still flowering (some only just) [...]

2021-11-01T18:17:09-04:00Monday, November 1, 2021|Baie-D'Urfe, flowers, Garden|

Winter Arrivals

Dark-eyed Juncos As the temperatures start to fall towards zero (a few days yet) and the cold rain falls we are beginning to see the first arrivals of birds form the north that usually spend the winter with us. Today there was a flock of over a dozen Dark-eyed Juncos busily working [...]

2021-10-21T13:57:26-04:00Thursday, October 21, 2021|Baie-D'Urfe, birds, Garden, winter|
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