SPARROWORKS – an Illustrated journal

For the irremediably curious

Wildlife, gardening, gardening with wildlife, photography and occasionally other things.


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Mid-Summer Sunset

Sunday, June 21, 2020|Categories: arboretum, Landscape, light|Tags: , , , , |

Golden Light Three years ago a group of Arboretum volunteers created the "Canada 150 Trail" to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the creation of Canada.Quite by chance it was found this year that the Birch Alley that forms part of the trail is directly oriented towards the setting sun for the few days around mid-summer's day, the [...]

Back to the Arboretum

Monday, June 15, 2020|Categories: arboretum, birds, flowers|

Chalet Pruche from Birch Alley After three months being officially closed the arboretum is gradually opening up again, starting with members only. This morning we made our first visit for three moths or so under bright blue skies and pretty well had the place to ourselves. It was glorious. Of course, all is not perfect [...]

New Summer Resident

Sunday, June 14, 2020|Categories: Baie-D'Urfe, Birding, birds, Garden|

Great Crested Flycatcher A garden resident this summer where we have several tall trees from which it can sally forth any after passing flying food. It's been around and calling for a couple of weeks but only now did it pose for its portrait. Great Crested Flycatchers are sit-and-wait predators, sallying from high perches (usually near the tops [...]

Weekly Photographs

Sunday, June 14, 2020|Categories: photography|Tags: |

A while ago I started experimenting with a website (blipfoto.com) that encourages people to post a single daily photo as a sort of visual journal. I found that I could manage the discipline of doing this ... but I think it's better to share the daily pictures somewhere that I can fully control the content and make it [...]

A Tiny Gem

Sunday, June 7, 2020|Categories: Baie-D'Urfe, flowers|Tags: , , |

Thyme-leaved Speedwell (Veronica serpyllifolia) Working in the Fritz Garden (where the community grows vegetables for food banks) a few days ago, and preparing to plant tomato seedlings I was caught by this tiny gem of a wildflower looking appealingly at me and pleading not to be “weeded”. What could I do but rescue it and take it [...]

Socially Distant Gardening – update 24 May

Sunday, May 24, 2020|Categories: 1000 Species, Baie-D'Urfe, Garden|Tags: , , , , , |

There is a famous phrase from a chidrens’ poem written in the 1760s by Isaac Watts that asks: “How doth the little busy bee improve each shining hour?” ... and the answer in our case is by industrious labouring in our Socially Distant Garden. What, you will be wondering, loyal reader, has happened since we last posted [...]

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