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Eastern Comma Butterfly

Polygonia comma - Eastern Comma Butterfly Appeared in the wildlife garden late afternoon and spent some time flying around the pool, settling here and there as it took the fancy. Several times alighted on the bark of a maple tree - see comment below about sap feeeding. Generally uncommon, the Eastern Comma is rarely [...]

2018-07-28T17:15:38-04:00Saturday, July 28, 2018|

Garden Splendours

Time for a short update to the wildlife garden notes … some recent observations: Firstly, after 20 years in the garden we have finally recorded the visit of a chipmunk that was, what else, investigating the ground under the bird feeders. Interestingly, a recent discussion on a town residents' Facebook group was about recent [...]

2018-08-09T14:46:59-04:00Friday, July 27, 2018|

European Common Blue – Again!

Polyomattus icarus Although there are a dozen or more native hairstreak butterflies in southern Quebec, the one we seem to get most regularly in the garden is the European Common Blue (Polyommatus icarus) that arrived in Canada not many years ago in the vicinity of Mirabel airport to the north of city and has [...]

2018-07-19T14:21:45-04:00Thursday, July 19, 2018|

Monarch Butterfly Larva

Monarch caterpillar on common milkweed (with video) Surprisingly active larva working it's way through the flowers of a common milkweed (Asclepis syriaca) in the garden We are seeing quite a number of monarch butterflies this year on the milkweed patches in our garden as well as on the town milkweed garden and in the [...]

2018-07-14T16:11:20-04:00Saturday, July 14, 2018|

A Puzzling Moth

Locust Underwing Moth - Euparthenos nubilis I found this large (approx 4cm) moth on common milkweed flowers in the garden and it had the good nature to stay while I dashed for a camera. Initially I thought this a Catocala (underwing) species, but try as I might - and being mentally "stuck" on that genus [...]

2018-07-13T19:54:04-04:00Friday, July 13, 2018|

2017 – A Year in the Wildlife Garden

A Good Year Thus we come to the end of another year of wildlife gardening in our small suburban "nature reserve". We have enjoyed telling you, week by week, what we have done and seen and enjoyed and we know from comments received that many readers of the journal have found something to interest [...]

2017-12-30T17:09:55-05:00Saturday, December 30, 2017|

Cannicule !! – “Phew, worra scorcher”

An abnormally hot week and very dry … we really should not have to be watering trees and shrubs in the second half of September, but there you are, this is the new normal. The old joke bag in England was the stereotypical newspaper headline of "Phew, worra scorcher!!" and this certainly qualifies. The [...]

2017-09-23T10:18:41-04:00Saturday, September 23, 2017|

Spiders … and Nice Weather for Gardening

Now we have reached mid-September we are already seeing, in neighbouring gardens, the armies of neatnick gardeners (and garden contractors) intent on making the world “tidy” before winter. So annoying, so unnecessary … they should relax and make their gardens “messy” ones and leave the cleaning until spring when there isn’t much else to [...]

2017-09-16T12:17:33-04:00Saturday, September 16, 2017|

Passing Warblers and Big Bees

The week started with NO Japanese beetles being found and fingers crossed that their season had finally come to an end … it also started with a Bay-breasted Warbler in one of the Rowan trees. Good auguries for the week to come. Monday produced Warbling Vireo, Magnolia and Black-throated Green Warblers and … a [...]

2017-09-09T20:27:20-04:00Saturday, September 9, 2017|

Young Birds and Changing Seasons

The Gardeners are back from a superb week’s birding on Grand Manan (if that sort of thing interests you there is a short series of posts with photographs of birds and the like at http://www.greenbirding.ca). Anyway - here we are in the garden again and in the short time we were away things have [...]

2017-08-20T09:13:23-04:00Friday, August 18, 2017|
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