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Indoors and Out

Winter in Quebec can be rather cold and tough but it has its compensations given a warm coat and boots. Sitting here this morning as the snow falls and the temperature falls faster we have been warmly enjoying the glorious flowers of three Amaryllis bulbs* while watching the indomitable Dark-eyed Juncos outside [...]

2023-01-29T12:37:14-05:00Sunday, January 29, 2023|1000 Species, Baie-D'Urfe, Birding, birds, flowers|

Winter Birds Who Lunch

Thursday morning at this time of the year means we put on the snowshoes and go tramping ... looking for birds along the way, of course. Here are some of the regulars. Especially amused by the Cardinal looking longingly at the squirrel's snack. Rather less amused by the hanging squirrel that somehow [...]

2023-01-19T17:45:57-05:00Thursday, January 19, 2023|1000 Species, Birding, birds, squirrels|

Snow Fog and Bluebirds

This post is really about interesting atmospheric conditions but birds do creep in, inevitably. Every year we do “our” route in the annual Christmas Bird Count centred on Hudson in Quebec, just west of Montreal. We have been censusing birds on this same route for at least 20 years now - it isn’t [...]

2022-12-30T17:20:38-05:00Friday, December 30, 2022|birds, Landscape, winter|

2022 – Birds of the Year

2022 - Another Year of Birding As a new year starts I like to make a note of the birding “ticks” from the year just coming to an end. Here goes for 2022 … a couple of days early but I don't expect anything new between now and the weekend. First, it's important [...]

2022-12-30T16:36:18-05:00Wednesday, December 28, 2022|1000 Species, Baie-D'Urfe, Birding, birds, Montreal, Quebec|

A Shetland Ram and “Nae Vedgetabulls!”

A good 39 years ago we were in Shetland with light in the sky at mid-summer midnight, noisy Oystercatchers and a very territorial ram This is going back a few years, 39 in fact to June 1983. We were going to Shetland for a couple of weeks isolated self-catering with wildlife, [...]

2022-12-11T22:10:02-05:00Sunday, December 11, 2022|Memoire|

Red Birds

My first Canadian lifer was the Red Bird, the "Devil's Bird", the Northern Cardinal. Here is a short tale of our first encounter as the kettle boiled for morning tea. (Drawings and photographs are my own) In an earlier post I wrote about the first bird, a European Dipper, that [...]

2022-12-11T12:40:25-05:00Monday, December 5, 2022|birds, Memoire|

Winter Bird Duties Recommence

It took a lot of organisation to ensure that the first snowfall of the winter came yesterday, just one day before our first weekly duty session at the MBO (bird banding station). Along with a couple of friends who do the same on another day of the week, we will be regularly visiting [...]

2022-11-17T17:06:28-05:00Thursday, November 17, 2022|1000 Species, Birding, birds, Montreal|

Now in PRINT !!

Earlier this year, just in time for spring, I completed an early version of my book 1001 Species: A Natural History of a Small Town and offered it to the public as free PDF download. It enjoyed moderate success in the very small and rather niche market it was offered to and [...]

2022-09-16T18:21:51-04:00Friday, September 16, 2022|1000 Species, Baie-D'Urfe, Birding, birds, Book, wildflowers, wildlife|

We (almost) won Canada !!

The five day Nature Conservancy Canada Bioblitz ended last night and we came in eighth out of 1788 participants (8/1788). That's two spots down the league table from last year but at 249 species we increased our total by 32 ... eighth place out of all of Canada. Must say we are [...]

2022-08-03T09:20:07-04:00Tuesday, August 2, 2022|1000 Species, wildlife|
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