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Morning in the Winter Arboretum

I was leading a field trip (ie: guided morning birding walk) in the arboretum earlier today. A gloriously sunny, but cool, morning. Birding was hard but we managed to find a satisfying dozen-plus-one species altogether which is par for the course at this time of the year unless you are very lucky. [...]

2020-03-07T14:42:50-05:00Sunday, March 8, 2020|

Northern Hawk Owl

Ten Years Ago If you are a birder or a photographer, please don't get excited - this bird was found ten years ago and the photographs were serendipitously resurfaced whilst I was cleaning out unrequired pictures from my too large digital archives. The Northern Hawk Owl (Surnia ulula) is a very rare [...]

2020-01-14T16:02:58-05:00Sunday, January 19, 2020|

Beautiful Natural Playground

Walking in the Snow with Birds There was some gentle snow overnight on Wednesday and so we had to go out and make the most of it Thursday morning. The temperatures were not too cold (they will be exceptionally cold by the weekend) and we had a good tramp. This wooded and [...]

2020-01-16T15:52:35-05:00Sunday, January 19, 2020|

January Bluebirds

Bluebirds in Mid-Winter !!! It's the 17 January, the sun is shining from a clear blue sky, temperatures are -16C (with windchill -27C) and there we are, sitting in the warm reading the papers when a small bird lands in the viburnum bush just outside. A quick glance, not expecting anything other [...]

2020-01-18T15:03:45-05:00Friday, January 17, 2020|

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|

Cold Weather Moths

Bruce Spanwing Moth A couple of days ago we saw a pale moth flying across the garden - late November, snow on the ground, temperatures around zero or below - and shrugged as it flew away. This morning we got a closer look at it, or a relative. I am reasonably confident that [...]

2019-11-26T10:03:09-05:00Tuesday, November 26, 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|

The Pictorial Week (to 17 February 2019)

A pretty much completely pictorial diary of the week's highlights this time ... and what a week, with the winter's biggest snowstorm in the middle and ending with some very cooperative indeed birds coming to boost our contribution to the Great Backyard Bird Count. We have shared a couple of [...]

2019-02-17T11:16:37-05:00Sunday, February 17, 2019|

The Difference a Day Makes

Different but still beautiful ... Contrast the pictures here with the ones from the previous day when all was clear and white and fluffy. Overnight the temperature had risen, there was freezing rain and then rain and later temperatures fell again. So deep slush, water, ice covering all the tree branches in glittery [...]

2019-01-24T18:18:40-05:00Sunday, January 27, 2019|

Pictorial Morning with Snow

Morgan Arboretum Two big snowfalls this week tempted us to go and explore the "winter wonderland" that the arboretum has turned into this week. Apart from a couple of distant people skiing and a couple more walking dogs (dogs love snow) I think we had the place to ourselves. If you live nearby [...]

2019-01-24T18:15:56-05:00Sunday, January 27, 2019|
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