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Heavy Winter Work

Lots of snow in the past few days, over two feet deep, and forecast of serious (even for here) cold at the end of the week meant that this morning's exercise session was not going to be a healthy walk or retreating to the basement treadmill. It was on with the boots, coat [...]

2023-01-30T15:29:29-05:00Monday, January 30, 2023|Baie-D'Urfe, winter|

Ice coating everything – Sparkly

Yesterday there was a lot of freezing rain falling and coating the world in sparkly ice. Being sensible people we stayed indoors, exercised in the basement, and ventured forth this morning to see the world glittering. Freezing rain is a pain, and potentially dangerous, for anyone who has no options but to go [...]

2023-01-06T14:09:27-05:00Friday, January 6, 2023|Baie-D'Urfe, Landscape, light, winter|

Snow Fog and Bluebirds

This post is really about interesting atmospheric conditions but birds do creep in, inevitably. Every year we do “our” route in the annual Christmas Bird Count centred on Hudson in Quebec, just west of Montreal. We have been censusing birds on this same route for at least 20 years now - it isn’t [...]

2022-12-30T17:20:38-05:00Friday, December 30, 2022|birds, Landscape, winter|

A Christmas Message to all our Friends

Christmas 2022 ... We focus on the mid-winter turning of the year at the solstice for a mid-winter celebration, but to that end we are more than happy to corral the traditions of Christmas and any other jolly festivities that circle around the globe a few days sooner or later. After all they [...]

2022-12-25T08:32:32-05:00Sunday, December 25, 2022|Baie-D'Urfe, christmas, winter|

Welcome Yule – Winter Solstice

Today is the Winter Solstice ... From this day onwards the daylight hours will start to lengthen and we can know that spring is coming, even if not quite yet. We celebrate Christmas along with everyone else as we have done for seven decades and more, but this is the day that [...]

2022-12-21T10:36:21-05:00Wednesday, December 21, 2022|christmas, light, winter, World|

A Pretty Nice Little Town

A Pretty Nice Little Town Baie-D'Urfé is a pretty nice little town to spend time in. This evening the Citizens' Association coordinated a switching on of the lights event focused on a gorgeous Winter Tree set up in the Fritz Park bandstand. In the past week several of our neighbouring towns have [...]

2022-12-04T18:38:11-05:00Sunday, December 4, 2022|Baie-D'Urfe, christmas, winter|

Winter Woodland Wandering near Woodpeckers (video)

Strolling in Winter near Montreal We were out a few days ago counting winter birds and thought a couple of minutes strolling through the snowy forest with us might be calming for your soul. Immediately by the start off this short walk there were four different species of Woodpecker in the trees [...]

2022-01-08T17:37:25-05:00Friday, January 7, 2022|arboretum, birds, Landscape, winter|

Under a leaden sky.

The fellow was clearing an ice skating track on the river ice while some serious cloud loomed menacingly overhead. If you peer closely there's a plane below the clouds coming down to land at the airport. Two ways of moving about.

2022-01-05T21:43:40-05:00Wednesday, January 5, 2022|Baie-D'Urfe, winter|

A Trifecta of Snow Birds

Hudson Christmas Bird Count (Route 2) 2021 This is probably the 20th year that J and I have done the annual Christmas Bird Count centred on Hudson, and all but the first year we have censused the same route. It's unusual in that there is far more driving than walking - not a [...]

2021-12-28T15:59:13-05:00Monday, December 27, 2021|Birding, birds, winter|
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