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Sunny Day with Birds and Deer (*Video)

Not that we have any urge to escape from the garden - this lockdown business is not causing any mental disturbance at all - but occasionally we like to check up on what the wild world is up to and so we take ourselves five minutes down the road to walk the trails [...]

2020-07-07T14:48:06-04:00Sunday, July 12, 2020|

Virtual Mid-Summer Birding

Bird Protection Quebec regularly has guided birding field trips each weekend but, with social distancing and groups being forbidden for the past ten weeks they have organised "virtual field trips" restricted to the birds in our gardens. These have been surprisingly popular with many more people taking part than ever come out [...]

2020-06-21T16:08:46-04:00Sunday, June 21, 2020|

Back to the Arboretum

Chalet Pruche from Birch Alley After three months being officially closed the arboretum is gradually opening up again, starting with members only. This morning we made our first visit for three moths or so under bright blue skies and pretty well had the place to ourselves. It was glorious. Of [...]

2020-06-15T15:46:51-04:00Monday, June 15, 2020|

New Summer Resident

Great Crested Flycatcher A garden resident this summer where we have several tall trees from which it can sally forth any after passing flying food. It's been around and calling for a couple of weeks but only now did it pose for its portrait. Great Crested Flycatchers are sit-and-wait predators, sallying from high [...]

2020-06-14T15:53:24-04:00Sunday, June 14, 2020|

Migration Wave

After  over a week of unseasonably cold northerly winds that held spring bird migration back things changed overnight and we are in a south-westerly air flow that's a bit warmer. Quite a change and we have spent half the day glued to the windows watching the garden, especially the waterfall, as bird [...]

2020-05-17T15:52:23-04:00Sunday, May 17, 2020|

May-Day Bird Day

May-Day turned out to be a very birdy day in the (locked-down) garden starting with ten or a dozen White-throated Sparrows who stuck around all day and were busy singing to the accompaniment of more of their kind in gardens up and down the road. You can never have too many Sparrows. [...]

2020-05-13T15:48:49-04:00Sunday, May 3, 2020|

Hermit Thrush (video)

A Hermit Thrush briefly showed this morning and posed nicely for these photographs as he went about his business looking for food on the rough grass. I managed to grab a short video as well - there were ten seconds of camera shake in the middle where the camera lens caught the [...]

2020-04-26T11:38:29-04:00Sunday, April 26, 2020|

An occasional report from a self-distancing garden (Part 2)

Mourning Cloak butterfly, appeared in the garden last week after overwintering in a sheltering crack somewhere We spend a lot of our lives doing gardening things and watching the wildlife regardless of whether the virus and the government allow us to wander further afield. Despite that, however, there is a [...]

2020-05-17T17:20:26-04:00Sunday, April 12, 2020|

First Birds

Gradually the snow is melting and daytime temperatures are mostly a touch above freezing point )well below at night) - even the very first snowdrop shoot has popped its head up. The early returning birds have appeared - principally huge clocks of Canada Geese and plenty of male Red-winged Blackbirds strutting their [...]

2020-03-19T12:06:07-04:00Sunday, March 22, 2020|

Northern Hawk Owl

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 [...]

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