Sanguinaria – First flower of Spring

In the process of preparing an article for the town's community magazine this month I doodled this graphic. I decided not to use it in the magazine but having done it I felt that some of my friends would be interested. Sanguinaria, also known as Bloodroot, is one of the first flowers [...]

2023-03-14T16:42:47-04:00Tuesday, March 14, 2023|Uncategorized|

On the Cat-tail Marsh.

A big snow dump is forecast for later today and tomorrow so we were out winter birding early ... but the snow arrived ahead of schedule. This is the nearby cat-tail marsh which is always a delight to visit. Just the usual seasonal birds this morning including an unusually large number of White-throated [...]

2023-02-12T17:11:28-05:00Thursday, January 12, 2023|Uncategorized|

Lost in the Trees

Barely fifty yards from the door is footpath through to the top of the next road ... quite splendid today. (Note: this is actually a colour image)

2022-12-17T16:19:37-05:00Saturday, December 17, 2022|Uncategorized|

Fighting Windmill

Built in 1705, still occasionally a working windmill on the eastern tip of Ile-Perrot just across the river from home. It's unusual in being a fortified windmill with narrow slots in the walls to shoot back at attacking Iroquois ... whether they did attack I can't say but there was a fear of such [...]

2022-12-01T18:22:27-05:00Thursday, December 1, 2022|Uncategorized|

The All Hallows Flower Count

The All Hallows Flower Count A quarter century ago when we still lived in England we used to record how many plants were still in flower at Christmas. In Quebec that’s always going to be zero but in recent years J has taken to making an annual list of the flowers still [...]

2022-11-02T08:05:43-04:00Tuesday, November 1, 2022|Baie-D'Urfe, flowers, Garden, Gardening, Uncategorized|

Merging Websites part 2

Merging Websites part 2 I have run a separate greenbirding.ca photography-focussed website in parallel to my main web journal at sparroworks.ca for some years and a year ago announced that there would be changes. I have finally merged the most recent twelve months of photo posts from greenbirding.ca with sparroworks.ca and from now on [...]

2022-10-13T15:27:39-04:00Monday, October 10, 2022|Uncategorized|


Obedience (Physostegia virginiana) Back-lit in the morning light. A native flower that gets its name from the fact that you can, apparently, twist and turn the flower stems and they stay where you put them.

2022-08-21T10:26:15-04:00Sunday, August 21, 2022|Uncategorized|

Brave Little Soldiers –

April 19 and storm from the US brought us several hours of heavy, wet snow. A bit late, even for this location. Noticed that the "Brave Little Soldiers" are wearing Ukraine's colours.

2022-04-19T11:21:35-04:00Tuesday, April 19, 2022|Uncategorized|

Common Redpolls

Common Redpolls have arrived in the area the past couple of days in freely moving flocks intermingled with some Pine Siskins. Finally, some "proper" winter birds at last.

2022-02-20T12:29:25-05:00Saturday, February 19, 2022|Uncategorized|
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