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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|

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 [...]

2018-12-22T18:44:11-05:00Sunday, 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 [...]

2018-12-22T18:46:47-05:00Sunday, 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 [...]

2018-12-14T19:04:05-05:00Sunday, 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 © [...]

2018-12-01T16:51:03-05:00Saturday, 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 [...]

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

Back on Winter Duty

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 [...]

2018-11-22T12:30:15-05:00Thursday, November 22, 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|

Hermit Thrush

Hermit Thrush - probably, but ... The garden is throwing up some interesting birds this week. Today's offering is a Thrush that spent some time around the pond late afternoon Saturday.    It's "rusty" tail and clear white eye-ring makes this pretty certainly a Hermit Thrush ... but I was distracted bya fine white [...]

2018-10-20T16:59:53-05:00Saturday, October 20, 2018|