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The best images are posted as individual featured journal entries. Alongside these we showcase some small themed collections (12-20 photographs max). Short comments, not many words.  Mostly Plants, Wildlife and Landscapes.

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The journal posts have more words, usually accompanied by photographs. Originally about Gardening with Wildlife – now we write about other subjects too … always something interesting, of course. Frequently related to wildlife.

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112, 2018

Splash …

By |Saturday, December 1, 2018|Categories: Baie-D'Urfe, birds, photography|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

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 © All images are made available [...]

3011, 2018

Spring is coming … eventually

By |Friday, November 30, 2018|Categories: Baie-D'Urfe, flowers, Garden, photography|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

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 a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.5 [...]

2711, 2018

Two Carolina Wrens (VIDEO)

By |Tuesday, November 27, 2018|Categories: Baie-D'Urfe, birds, Garden|Tags: , , , , , |2 Comments

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 suggest you enlarge the video [...]

2611, 2018

Wasp Nest in Winter

By |Monday, November 26, 2018|Categories: Insects, photography, winter|0 Comments

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 was coming from high above [...]

2511, 2018

Riverside Mist

By |Sunday, November 25, 2018|Categories: Baie-D'Urfe, Landscape, photography|0 Comments

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 Copyright © All images [...]

2311, 2018

The Last Berry

By |Friday, November 23, 2018|Categories: Baie-D'Urfe, Garden, photography|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

"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 alternatives have gone. This year, [...]

2211, 2018

Back on Winter Duty

By |Thursday, November 22, 2018|Categories: birds, winter|Tags: , |0 Comments

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 -22C with windchill) and powdery [...]

2111, 2018

Catching up on the Garden News

By |Wednesday, November 21, 2018|Categories: Baie-D'Urfe, birds, Garden, winter|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

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 of the week, here are [...]

1711, 2018

“Berries – Red Berries!”

By |Saturday, November 17, 2018|Categories: Garden, photography, winter|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

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 CA) License … which really [...]

1011, 2018

Feederwatch stars …

By |Saturday, November 10, 2018|Categories: Baie-D'Urfe, birds, Garden|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

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 feeders while the Catbird dined [...]

911, 2018

Close Encounters

By |Friday, November 9, 2018|Categories: Montreal, photography|Tags: , , |0 Comments

The Third Man ... ? This is Place Jacques-Cartier in Montreal with the town hall at the top of the hill. It was strangely calm and quiet after the alien mothership had beamed up all the tourists and buskers. There were only two people in the whole square, sitting on that bench to the right. Who are they? What [...]

111, 2018

Early Winter Flowers

By |Thursday, November 1, 2018|Categories: baie d'urfe, flowers, Garden, Gardening|Tags: , , |0 Comments

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 we ended up with around [...]

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