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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|

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|

What paths are for …

We mow narrow paths in the no-mow lawn (the "mead") so that the outdoor staff can easily get around in their constant search for a snack ... Download a FREE book 1001Species: A Natural History of a Small Town

2022-05-29T22:46:26-04:00Sunday, May 29, 2022|Baie-D'Urfe, birds, Garden|

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|

Spring on the Forest Floor

We spent this sunny morning wandering in the arboretum. The leaves have barely started to appear until the last day or two and so the forest floor is covered with ephemeral species flowers and simply glorious. It will only be like this for a week or so now and the weather forecast [...]

2022-05-05T15:05:45-04:00Thursday, May 5, 2022|arboretum, Birding, birds, canada, flowers, spring|

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|

The Episodic Garden (7 April)

As we start the growing season the project is to make these posts more or less weekly in frequency but you know how reality gets in the way of good intentions. For whatever reason we know there are a gratifying number of green-thumbed people who take an interest in what happens in [...]

2022-04-08T19:09:22-04:00Thursday, April 7, 2022|Accounts, birds, Garden, Gardening|

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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