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+00:00Sunday, February 17, 2019|

The multi-Photographic Week (to 10 February 2019)

No text this week, no deep thoughts, just a few photographs. Hover over the thumbnails to see captions, click on any thumbnail to open a full size gallery that you can scroll through. Comments are invited at the foot of the page. If you are really keen, below the gallery are few of these [...]

2019-02-10T10:36:41+00:00Sunday, February 10, 2019|

Badger’s Trifles #2 (with Wren video)

Sparroworks Publications Click images for information Birding the Morgan Arboretum Birding on the West Island of Montreal FREE Green Birding Coming in March ... A Self Guided Walk in the Arboretum - fully illustrated with optional smartphone guidance. Learn about the forest, its plants and creatures [...]

2019-02-02T17:36:21+00:00Sunday, February 3, 2019|

Gardening with Hawk and Redpoll

Fourth Red-tail in 20 years The week started with a very cold (-20C and more) snow storm - we learned the next day it was the coldest snow storm in Montreal for a century - so lots of small birds were enjoying our feeders when suddenly - all gone. Sitting up in a [...]

2019-01-26T14:58:03+00:00Sunday, January 27, 2019|

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+00:00Monday, December 31, 2018|

Bird Counting

Christmas Bird Count 2018 - Hard, cold work The CBC this year was very cold (mostly windchill) with virtually no snow and all the birds keeping well down and sheltered and so extraordinarily hard to find and count. As usual, J and I were working CBC Route #2 south of Hudson which takes us [...]

2018-12-22T18:44:11+00:00Sunday, December 23, 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+00:00Sunday, December 23, 2018|

A Week in Pictures (16 Dec 2018)

Pine Siskin An irruptive "winter finch" from the far northern boreal forests that some winters comes our way in the cold season. Lovely little birds. 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 … which really [...]

2018-12-14T19:04:05+00:00Sunday, December 16, 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+00:00Saturday, December 1, 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+00:00Tuesday, November 27, 2018|