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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|

Hawks and Wolves

Feed the Birds Every Thursday in Winter we start a morning's birding by visiting the nearby MBO bird banding station and filling the bid feeders followed by taking a census of the birds to be seen in the cold snow. This is quite a special thing for us - the station is [...]

2020-01-03T17:51:08-05:00Sunday, January 5, 2020|

Garden Birds 2019 (illustrated)

We no longer keep detailed birding "lists" just for the sake of keeping lists, but we do keep records to track what happens where and when through the seasons and year by year. Today is New Year's Day 2020 - and time to record how many birds were seen in our garden during the [...]

2020-01-05T12:40:01-05:00Wednesday, January 1, 2020|

Snowy Owl

Snowy Owl on the Winter Solstice We spent all of a very cold (-14C) and breezy Winter Solstice doing "our" route as part of the annual Christmas Bird Count. There were not as many birds as we usually expect - the absence of Snow Buntings was particularly badly felt as they are favourites [...]

2019-12-21T17:15:58-05:00Sunday, December 22, 2019|

Winter Sparrows

Sparrows are perhaps my/our favourite birds. From the point of view of nostalgia I would say especially the House Sparrows that I grew up with but otherwise one of the great things about living in Canada is the number of other sparrow species (most of them more strictly Buntings, but we won't go [...]

2019-11-28T14:18:00-05:00Sunday, December 1, 2019|

Wonderfully Cold Birding

On Saturday morning, Bird Protection Quebec organised a birding field trip in the Arboretum to which Arbo members were invited and which several joined. For my sins, I was delegated to organise and lead the outing. I don't go on many field trips (I have problems with more than six people together at once) [...]

2019-11-17T12:09:49-05:00Sunday, November 17, 2019|

Winter Birding Again !!

One of our most enjoyable activities each year is spending the winter servicing and filling the bird feeders at the local bird banding station and recording the birds that are in the season when the nets cannot be put up. This year we started a bit earlier than usual after the first decent [...]

2019-11-14T12:56:38-05:00Sunday, November 17, 2019|

A Week of Garden Warblers

Spring migratory birds in the Garden I suspect that anyone reading this journal entry will already be aware of the pleasure we take in enticing birds to visit our garden. This week has proved to be the (slightly delayed) peak week for northwards migration soy can feast your eyes on some of the [...]

2019-05-23T14:38:59-04:00Sunday, May 26, 2019|

Ephemeral Flower Walk

In Search of Spring Flowers in the Arboretum It's the time of year when the trees are in blossom and forest ephemerals are flowering and making the most of the available light before the tree leaves cast the forest floor into shade. Mid-week the Arboretum suggested a walking route that would take visitors [...]

2019-06-04T10:37:57-04:00Saturday, May 18, 2019|