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|

Happy New Year

Wishing everyone a Happy New Year 2019 The new year arrives in a couple of days - thank you everyone for following, faithfully or occasionally, our journal and photography albums. We look forward to interesting and entertaining you again in the year ahead. Rather than giving you something to read in the journal, we [...]

2018-12-30T09:50:55-05:00Sunday, December 30, 2018|

Wasp Nest in Winter

Nest demolition ... A few years ago we were walking  a forest trail in late autumn just before things started to get cold, when we heard a furious thumping and banging nearby that caused us to think we were about to be attacked by a bear or a lumberjack. Eventually we realised the noise [...]

2018-11-26T18:22:28-05:00Monday, November 26, 2018|

Back on Winter Duty

Feeder filling at the MBO Every winter at about this time we take a weekly "shift" at the nearby bird banding station (no public access so we can't share the location) to fill bird feeders and see what's about. Today was the first outing of the year and the coldest day with -15C (or [...]

2018-11-22T12:30:15-05:00Thursday, November 22, 2018|

Catching up on the Garden News

Snow and some very good birds Apart from a few photographs of birds and flowers there hasn’t been much keeping up to date here with notes about the garden and its wildlife but now we have fully entered winter with a couple of decent snowfalls and a minus -18C night forecast before the end [...]

2018-11-25T16:09:46-05:00Wednesday, November 21, 2018|