The Kingdom of the Savannah Sparrow

Iles-de-la-Madeleine 2022 There is a small archipelago of beautiful islands a couple of hours flight north-east of Montreal in the middle of the Gulf of St-Lawrence where we have just passed a splendid week watching birds, discovering wild flowers and eating marvellously fresh seafood. This post is simply a brief record of the [...]

2022-06-29T14:33:07-04:00Wednesday, June 29, 2022|Accounts, animals, flowers, Quebec, sparrows, wildlife|

Rejuvenating the Wildlife Pond

Over twenty years ago, faced with a large garden and looking for an interesting challenge we decided to install a garden pond. Edited anonymous quotation: I built my first backyard pond about twenty years ago. After seeing a massive pond on a rural garden tour, I was hooked. The sound of [...]

2022-06-03T21:43:19-04:00Friday, June 3, 2022|Baie-D'Urfe, Garden, Gardening, pond, wildlife|

Preparing the Wildlife Garden for Winter

Some simple suggestions ... Faithful readers of our posts will have gathered some ideas about how to attract wildlife to their gardens over spring, summer and early fall but now winter approaches and what do we do with all those native plants still standing tall? The neighbours are starting to look askance. [...]

2021-10-23T15:10:35-04:00Saturday, October 23, 2021|birds, flowers, Garden, wildlife, winter|

Where the Wild Things Are

Around the edge of the garden is a quite dense thicket of bushes and trees where the outdoor staff, the "Wild Things". do whatever it is they do. Just every now and again I venture in there to see what's happening and to collect the rent. [...]

2021-10-04T14:41:49-04:00Monday, October 4, 2021|Baie-D'Urfe, Garden, trees, wildlife|

Knowing the Neighbours

I am not a person who appreciates, or usually understands, poetry beyond Ogden Nash and the Horatio on the Bridge sort of thing. But there are exceptions. Many friends and readers of this journal will have noted that I enjoy wildlifing on my "patch", which is to say I like to go [...]

2021-08-08T17:34:04-04:00Sunday, August 8, 2021|commentary, Garden, wildlife|

… 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|Birding, birds, wildlife|

A Year of Neighbourhood Nature

How time does fly — just over a year ago I was inspired by a fine naturalist from England (thanks Tom) who had set himself the challenge of identifying 1000 UK species — birds, grasses, spiders, whatever. I had a couple of exchanges with him was assured that the concept was not trademarked, [...]

2021-03-05T12:18:00-05:00Thursday, March 4, 2021|1000 Species, Baie-D'Urfe, birds, wildlife|

“West Island Wildlife #2” – FREE

Do you know just how varied is the wildlife on the West Island in Winter? West Island Wildlife is an occasional webzine. It is FREE and fully illustrated, and has the intention of introducing readers to the surprisingly varied wildlife and native plants to be found on the West Island of Montreal. Following the [...]

2020-12-23T17:05:28-05:00Sunday, December 27, 2020|Birding, birds, wildlife, winter|
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