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Late winter birds

Last winter morning at the banding station Today (this is being written on 21 March) is the vernal equinox and probably our last day this winter managing the bird feeder array at the local bird banding station. There is a some snow forecast over the weekend but otherwise the spring thaw has [...]

2019-03-22T14:20:59-05:00Sunday, March 24, 2019|

Garden Portraits

Garden Portraits - a new venture I like gardening and I enjoy taking pictures of gardens. Recently I composed a couple of “Garden Portraits” of friends’ gardens and it occurred to me (and to the owners of the gardens) that others might like to have their own gardens celebrated in similar fashion. Maybe [...]

2019-03-21T13:15:16-05:00Sunday, March 17, 2019|

Wild Woodpecker Workshop

Out birding on Thursday morning we happened upon this old tree which has clearly seen better days, has gained a lot of boring insects larvae and is now the chosen restaurant for the woodpeckers. There are five or six woodpecker species in this part of the world, the largest being the bit-bigger-than-a-Crow Pileated Woodpecker that [...]

2019-03-15T16:11:28-05:00Sunday, March 17, 2019|

This Week’s Photograph (10 March 2019)

I feel you are all tired of pictures of snow, however beautiful, at this end of the winter so this week I am again sharing a photograph from my personal archives. One that I like a lot but which I know some struggle with. This photograph was taken about five years ago as the [...]

2019-03-07T15:44:55-05:00Sunday, March 10, 2019|

Fundamentals of Bird Gardening

This is the time of year, with spring approaching, that I get asked questions about what to do in the garden to attract birds and other wildlife. It happened earlier this morning. So I have put together a short page with some of the fundamental things you want to be doing. Happy to [...]

2019-03-09T19:00:31-05:00Sunday, March 10, 2019|

Bird Song – Carolina Wren

Audio Recording 4 March 2019 You have probably had enough photographs of the Carolina Wrens in our garden to keep you happy for some time now ... but here is a 20 second audio clip of one of them singing lustily from the trees on the south side of our garden. A)  Original [...]

2019-03-04T16:44:34-05:00Monday, March 4, 2019|

Pondering on Spring Tasks

Spring approaches To Ponder ... "to consider or examine attentively or deliberately. Ponder implies a careful weighing of a problem or, often, prolonged inconclusive thinking about a matter." Mr. Badger here. At last we are into March, next weekend the clocks go forward and soon my customary winter hibernation will be broken by warmer [...]

2019-03-04T13:02:23-05:00Sunday, March 3, 2019|

Picture of the Week – 3 March 2019

Frankly, this week has not been replete with photo opportunities so I looking forward slightly and sharing this picture of sour cherry buds swelling up at about this date a couple of years ago. It's been a rather unpleasant winter - not so much the cold which is normal fore Montreal, but the variation [...]

2019-03-02T18:23:22-05:00Sunday, March 3, 2019|

A Pictorial Week (to 24 February 2019)

Walter the Wren I was told a few days ago that "Walter" is very meme-able. Maybe, but he is smart and always good to see each day. Metadata Copyright © All images are made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.5 Canada (CC BY-NC-ND [...]

2019-02-24T08:05:33-05:00Sunday, February 24, 2019|

Hunting the Snark-Owl

"Just the place for a Snark!" the Birders cried, As they entered the forest with care; Stepping, each man, with gait broad and wide While they searched for the Snark in his lair. What the 21 intrepid BPQ and Arboretum birders were seeking this morning was perhaps not the Snark, which anyway turned [...]

2019-02-24T12:11:16-05:00Saturday, February 23, 2019|