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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+00:00Friday, 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+00:00Tuesday, November 27, 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+00:00Friday, 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+00:00Wednesday, November 21, 2018|

“Berries – Red Berries!”

Snack time The red berries on the Viburnum bushes are being eaten early this winter ... with some of the outside staff putting in excess energy to reach them. EXIF data Copyright © All images are made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.5 Canada (CC BY-NC-ND 2.5 [...]

2018-11-17T12:46:57+00:00Saturday, November 17, 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+00:00Saturday, November 10, 2018|

Early Winter Flowers

November 1 - what's still in flower? Long ago (long, long ago) we used to walk around our various gardens back in England making a note of the flowers in bloom on Christmas Day. Not a lot of point in doing that in Montreal but we did go for 1st November walk today and [...]

2018-11-01T16:55:21+00:00Thursday, November 1, 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+00:00Sunday, October 21, 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+00:00Saturday, October 20, 2018|

First Winter Finches

Pine Siskins Predictions have been that winter finches of several species are going to be coming south in some numbers this year due a poor cone crop in the boreal forests - well, it's started very early indeed with the arrival in the garden of a half dozen Pine Siskins (accompanied by a not [...]

2018-10-19T15:18:21+00:00Friday, October 19, 2018|