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2018 Garden Bird List – 61 Species

61 species of birds in the garden during 2018 Every year we keep detailed lists of the birds we see in our garden - admittedly we do have advantages over some home owners in that we designed and plant and maintain with wildlife in mine, we have a lot of native  species and we [...]

2018-12-31T13:52:12-05:00Monday, December 31, 2018|

A Week in Pictures (23 Dec 2018)  

Cooper's Hawk The LBJs and Woodpeckers and their chums scattered as the local pest control manager popped by at lunchtime to see what might be on the menu. Metadata Copyright © All images are made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.5 Canada (CC BY-NC-ND 2.5 CA) License [...]

2018-12-22T18:46:47-05:00Sunday, December 23, 2018|

Splash …

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 © [...]

2018-12-01T16:51:03-05:00Saturday, December 1, 2018|

Spring is coming … eventually

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 [...]

2018-11-30T14:28:07-05:00Friday, November 30, 2018|

Two Carolina Wrens (VIDEO)

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 [...]

2018-11-27T11:09:21-05:00Tuesday, November 27, 2018|

Riverside Mist

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 [...]

2018-11-26T13:55:51-05:00Sunday, November 25, 2018|

The Last Berry

"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 [...]

2018-11-25T16:10:49-05:00Friday, November 23, 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|

Feederwatch stars …

Rare visitors Today is the first day of this winter's Feederwatch ... after a pleasant morning with not much unusual, just the regular residents (Chickadees, both Nuthatches, Cardinals, Jays, Juncos etc etc) a gust of cold wind from the north deposited a Carolina Wren and Gray Catbird. Amazing. The Wren was using the seed [...]

2018-11-10T14:01:45-05:00Saturday, November 10, 2018|

Tree glows in the dark

Katsura tree The garden Katsura tree always seems to glow in low light at this time of year once the leaves turn to golden yellow. This evening I tried to capture some of the effect. EXIF data Copyright © All images are made available under a Creative [...]

2018-10-21T18:02:51-05:00Sunday, October 21, 2018|