This is quite exciting – it looks as if a pair of Carolina Wrens are building a nest in an accessible (to us) site after an interval of some 15 years.
We were taking our morning constitutional when we happened to observe the pair buzzing back and forth with nesting materials and a couple of hours later they are still at it. Quite a superb birthday present for J.
A pair bond may form between a male and a female at any time of the year, and the pair then stay together for life and on their territory year-round. They forage and move around the territory together.
Near buildings, they are versatile nesters, making use of discarded flowerpots, mailboxes, propane-tank covers, and a variety of other items. Nests have even been found in old coat pockets and boots.
Males, like most Wren species, usually build multiple nest starts, and the female makes the final selection. We are rather hoping that this site will be the one chosen – which is possible as once the female has approved the both the male and female birds complete the nest together and we have certainly seen two birds working at this location. About 15 years ago a brood was fledged from this site. One member of the pair generally stays at the site while the other gathers material.
Getting right to the point ... the focal point I like to do macrophotography - getting really close in on small features such as flowers and insects. But it has always had a significant limitation - depth of field. Not all of your subject is guaranteed to be in focus. I use a 100mm macro lens on a [...]
Candlemas - Imbolc - Lupercalia February 2 this year is the festival of Candlemas/Imbolc/Lupercalia and marks the half way point between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Solstice - without a doubt this is a date to celebrate. Any reason for a drink and a good meal is worth making note of. Appropriately, the traditional symbol of this [...]
I wonder if I might solicit your comments please on some pairs of photographs ... well, actually on the software that edited them. This week, after a sadly lengthy wait while the slow boat arrived from China, I finally took delivery of a spiffy new computer (Apple MacBook with the new super-powerful M1 chip if you are interested) and [...]
We have created an interactive trail map for visitors following the Main (Orange) Trail in the Morgan Arboretum. This map is full of interesting information for walkers taking the trail during the winter months – a spring/summer version will be published around Easter time. Use the map on this page to plan you walk – and then [...]
18 January, and after a weekend of heavy snowfall we went out to enjoy the countryside on the West Island. Considering this in Montreal, it's very pleasing to have such places within a very short distance from home. Lovely deep snow with a thin and crisp topping to wade through - thank goodness for snowshoes. There were [...]
Even the woodpecker owes its success to the fact that he used his head. —Author Unknown Continuing with the theme of occasional “Naturally Speaking” accounts of species you can encounter on the West Island of Montreal I am going to introduce a another bird. Botanists and entomologist friends of mine need not fret - there will [...]
Species Accounts Richard Gregson PhD MPhil CBiol FRSB - West Island Wildlife - Snow Buntings (Plectrophenax nivalis) Introduction: I have been sharing a few photographs and some very basic information daily for almost a year now about assorted species of wildlife and plants that can be found in the leafy western suburbs of Montreal. There's a [...]
If you are not a keen birder this will perhaps not be of great interest - unless you have decided to really take up birding with the start of a new year and wan a target to aim for. Anyway, assuming you plan to read on ... here is what we saw in the garden during 2020. [...]