9 12, 2018

Pictures of the Week (9 Dec 2018)

2018-12-06T18:07:49+00:00Sunday, December 9, 2018|

** Perhaps a few too many posts here recently of multiple, featured photographs ... henceforth they will be displayed in a single post that's quick to scan and only takes one click to open. In Town Tonight The Baie-D'Urfé town hall lit up for the 2018 Winter Solstice [...]

9 12, 2018

The Journal – 9 December 2019

2018-12-09T11:38:11+00:00Sunday, December 9, 2018|

“December, in my memory, is white as Lapland, though there were no reindeers. But there were cats.” – Dylan Thomas, A Child’s Christmas in Wales That sounds all very nice, were DT not to have spoiled the image by then going on to write “Patient, cold and callous, our hands wrapped in socks, we [...]

1 12, 2018

Splash …

2018-12-01T16:51:03+00:00Saturday, December 1, 2018|

Blue Jay Blue Jays are like teenagers, always flopping about and shouting. They also like very much to take regular baths and showers and as we provide a heated water bath for them in cold Québec winters, how could this smart fellow refuse the opportunity. Metadata Copyright © [...]

30 11, 2018

Spring is coming … eventually

2018-11-30T14:28:07+00:00Friday, November 30, 2018|

We have buds ... As temperatures dive and the depth of snow and ice increases it's good to know that our two thriving magnolia trees are covered in buds that will open to glorious flowers when spring finally arrives. Metadata Copyright © All images are made available under [...]

27 11, 2018

Two Carolina Wrens (VIDEO)

2018-11-27T11:09:21+00:00Tuesday, November 27, 2018|

Right at the very northernmost limit of their range, two Carolina Wrens are settling in for winter in a garden west of Montreal. A serendipitous snatch of hand-held video. ** The first Wren appears from behind the dark chain-mesh feeder at about 12s and the second flies in to join it at 30s. I [...]

26 11, 2018

Wasp Nest in Winter

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

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 [...]

25 11, 2018

Riverside Mist

2018-11-26T13:55:51+00:00Sunday, November 25, 2018|

A bit of a thaw As the record cold and snow of the last week started to thaw slightly and as the freezing rain turned to plain nasty rain a mist rose all over the west island. This was the St-Lawrence river as seen from Bertold Park EXIF data [...]

23 11, 2018

The Last Berry

2018-11-25T16:10:49+00:00Friday, November 23, 2018|

"Mine, All mine!" There are two Viburnum bushes near the house, one a native species and one a horticultural cultivar. Usually the berries stay on the bushes through most of the winter as although to us they look bright and juicy it is evident that most wildlife only resort to them once all the [...]

22 11, 2018

Back on Winter Duty

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

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 [...]

21 11, 2018

Catching up on the Garden News

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

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 [...]