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Indoors and Out

Winter in Quebec can be rather cold and tough but it has its compensations given a warm coat and boots. Sitting here this morning as the snow falls and the temperature falls faster we have been warmly enjoying the glorious flowers of three Amaryllis bulbs* while watching the indomitable Dark-eyed Juncos outside [...]

2023-01-29T12:37:14-05:00Sunday, January 29, 2023|1000 Species, Baie-D'Urfe, Birding, birds, flowers|

Winter Birds Who Lunch

Thursday morning at this time of the year means we put on the snowshoes and go tramping ... looking for birds along the way, of course. Here are some of the regulars. Especially amused by the Cardinal looking longingly at the squirrel's snack. Rather less amused by the hanging squirrel that somehow [...]

2023-01-19T17:45:57-05:00Thursday, January 19, 2023|1000 Species, Birding, birds, squirrels|

2022 – Birds of the Year

2022 - Another Year of Birding As a new year starts I like to make a note of the birding “ticks” from the year just coming to an end. Here goes for 2022 … a couple of days early but I don't expect anything new between now and the weekend. First, it's important [...]

2022-12-30T16:36:18-05:00Wednesday, December 28, 2022|1000 Species, Baie-D'Urfe, Birding, birds, Montreal, Quebec|

Winter Bird Duties Recommence

It took a lot of organisation to ensure that the first snowfall of the winter came yesterday, just one day before our first weekly duty session at the MBO (bird banding station). Along with a couple of friends who do the same on another day of the week, we will be regularly visiting [...]

2022-11-17T17:06:28-05:00Thursday, November 17, 2022|1000 Species, Birding, birds, Montreal|

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|

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|

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|

The Publishing Process – 1001 Species

This an advance notification ... some months ago I mentioned that I am working on a project to write and publish a book currently with the title of   “1001 Species” – an illustrated natural history of a small town" It's coming along quite nicely and I hope to have it out in [...]

2022-01-31T17:33:39-05:00Monday, January 31, 2022|1000 Species, animals, baie d'urfe, Birding, photography|
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