Warbler Soup!

Warbler Soup! The waterfall earned its keep today with six species of migrating warblers plus a warbling vireo. Shortly after luncheon there was a terrific commotion on the header pool of the waterfall with between 15 and 20 small birds frantically competing for the chance to splash in the water. They splashed around [...]

2021-09-14T13:39:58-04:00Saturday, September 11, 2021|1000 Species, Baie-D'Urfe, Birding, birds, Garden|

Breakfast for Junior

Sometimes a parent never gets a break. Two juvenile American Goldfinch were looking confused sitting on the stem of sunflower wondering where seeds were. Still in the "learning to be a bird" stage of life they had yet to work out that they needed to be on the face of the flower. [...]

2021-08-25T09:57:52-04:00Wednesday, August 25, 2021|Baie-D'Urfe, birds, Garden|

Knowing the Neighbours

I am not a person who appreciates, or usually understands, poetry beyond Ogden Nash and the Horatio on the Bridge sort of thing. But there are exceptions. Many friends and readers of this journal will have noted that I enjoy wildlifing on my "patch", which is to say I like to go [...]

2021-08-08T17:34:04-04:00Sunday, August 8, 2021|commentary, Garden, wildlife|

Small Town Biodiversity

IS THIS THE ‘MOST BIODIVERSE” COMMUNITY IN CANADA For a five day period that took in last weekend we took part in a Canada-wide “Bioblitz” organized by the Nature Conservancy of Canada and the Canadian Wildlife Federation. We (and our little town of Baie-D’Urfé) came within a whisker of being the top [...]

2021-08-07T15:10:50-04:00Saturday, August 7, 2021|1000 Species, Baie-D'Urfe, birds, conservation, plants|

Calm River

Early in the week we decided to take the now three month old EV for a longer run to see how the batteries behaved under greater stress than going to the supermarket involves. We crossed into Ontario and spent a happy half day walking the trails in the Cooper March nature reserve. We [...]

2021-08-08T07:51:23-04:00Wednesday, August 4, 2021|Birding, birds, conservation, Landscape|

Our No-Mow July Garden – Update

A garden for children of all ages. Since, some three or four years ago we decided to stop mowing our lawn but create a native flower “mead” in its place, we have been fascinated by how much more interesting our garden has become - and also by the fascination this style of [...]

2021-07-31T11:31:45-04:00Saturday, July 31, 2021|Baie-D'Urfe, birds, flowers, Garden, Gardening|

“Wot, no Oranges?”

Baltimore Oriole As most people know, to attract a Baltimore Oriole to your garden you are supposed to put out fresh fruit - a half orange being a classic meal for them or maybe some grapes. This immature male arrived and obviously had not yet reached that page in the How to [...]

2021-07-04T17:16:53-04:00Sunday, July 4, 2021|Baie-D'Urfe, Birding, birds|

Teenagers …

It's that time of the year again when the young birds leave the nest and the berries on the trees begin to ripen. This morning a recently fledged American Robin (note spotty breast) was flopping about in an Amelanchier canadensis tree in the garden and learning to take fruit without falling out [...]

2021-06-13T10:50:10-04:00Sunday, June 13, 2021|birds, Garden|
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