“Stunky Owls?”

Computer Translation ... of a sort I am more and more coming to appreciate the wilder shores of the Facebook computer language translation system ... so much more fun than relying on Google to do the job. They discover brand new and unrecorded species every day. Here is the original French : [...]

2021-10-22T10:02:43-04:00Friday, October 22, 2021|

23 Fall Garden Birds

Since the start of the Covid restrictions far away in early 2020, Bird Protection Quebec have had to replace the regular weekly, guided field trips at weekends with a series of innovative and interesting “virtual” field trips. This weekend past participant birders were invited to do a Big Sit. In a Big [...]

2021-09-14T08:13:50-04:00Monday, September 13, 2021|

Warbler Soup!

Warbler Soup! The waterfall earned its keep today with six species of migrating warblers plus a warbling vireo. Shortly after luncheon there was a terrific commotion on the header pool of the waterfall with between 15 and 20 small birds frantically competing for the chance to splash in the water. They splashed around [...]

2021-09-14T13:39:58-04:00Saturday, September 11, 2021|

How Many Species Live In Baie-D’Urfé?

Looking about you and learning about what you see About a week ago we wrote about our participation in the Nature Conservancy Canada “Bioblitz” during which we recorded all the species we saw in a five day period in our garden and the nearby roads and parks. The total came to 217. We [...]

2021-08-14T16:34:55-04:00Saturday, August 14, 2021|

Calm River

Early in the week we decided to take the now three month old EV for a longer run to see how the batteries behaved under greater stress than going to the supermarket involves. We crossed into Ontario and spent a happy half day walking the trails in the Cooper March nature reserve. We [...]

2021-08-08T07:51:23-04:00Wednesday, August 4, 2021|

“Wot, no Oranges?”

Baltimore Oriole As most people know, to attract a Baltimore Oriole to your garden you are supposed to put out fresh fruit - a half orange being a classic meal for them or maybe some grapes. This immature male arrived and obviously had not yet reached that page in the How to [...]

2021-07-04T17:16:53-04:00Sunday, July 4, 2021|

… Enthusing Children About Wildlife

This is a reworking of a post of mine from a couple of years ago. You will see, when you reach the closing section, that it’s very much a plea for enthusing novices of all ages, though especially the younger age groups, in the importance and joys of wildlifing. In particular via the [...]

2021-05-21T16:57:18-04:00Friday, May 21, 2021|

Nesting Time

15 years later This is quite exciting - it looks as if a pair of Carolina Wrens are building a nest in an accessible (to us) site after an interval of some 15 years. We were taking our morning constitutional when we happened to observe the pair buzzing back and forth with nesting [...]

2021-04-16T13:29:05-04:00Friday, April 16, 2021|

“Naturally Speaking” – A Really Big Woodpecker

Even the woodpecker owes its success to the fact that he used his head. —Author Unknown Continuing with the theme of occasional “Naturally Speaking” accounts of species you can encounter on the West Island of Montreal I am going to introduce a another bird. Botanists and entomologist friends of mine need [...]

2021-01-11T21:59:21-05:00Friday, January 8, 2021|
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