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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 Non-abundance of Birds

The uncomfortable silence of 2.9-billion missing birds ** I usually confine my political or controversial comments to Facebook and face-to-face but this editorial from the 5th October Globe & Mail newspaper says it equally as well, if not better, than I could ... so here are my thoughts written by someone else. The last couple [...]

2019-10-05T15:55:04-04:00Sunday, October 6, 2019|

Hummingbird Video

A little Sunday morning magicThis tiny bird appeared to accompany the Sunday morning cup of tea … the red flowers are Cuphea (Mexican cigar plant) and have proved to be the best attractor of Hummingbirds we have ever grown. They are not hardy, but plant some where you can nsee them next summer and [...]

2019-08-19T17:05:42-04:00Sunday, August 18, 2019|

Bonny Bouncing Babies

Berries and Birds Everyone has remarked on the amazing size and variety of the tree fruit crop this year - and it has not gone unnoticed by  the juvenile American Robins in our garden who have started to fill and fatten themselves on the bounty - observed by some young Song Sparrows. [...]

2019-08-12T12:24:18-04:00Sunday, August 18, 2019|

Around the Garden with Wildlife

We seem to have slipped into the habit of writing a round-up of recent activities in the garden around the middle of each month. This one is being composed as we swelter under a “heat dome” sent to us from south of the border - far too hot to do anything physical at [...]

2019-07-21T11:25:21-04:00Sunday, July 21, 2019|

House Wrens and other Photographs (with video)

House Wren Troglodytes aegon - the commoner of the two Wrens around here. We also have Troglodytes troglodytes, the Winter Wren, which is the same species as the European Wren called simply "Wren" over there. rather less commonly seen and this isn't it. [...]

2019-06-29T17:13:02-04:00Sunday, June 30, 2019|