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A Tiny Gem

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 [...]

2020-06-04T17:40:16-04:00Sunday, June 7, 2020|

1000 Species Summary – #9 – 15

Species #9 to #15 Dates: 8 -14 March 2020 These were the "Lifeforms of the Day" for the second week ... they originally appeared on this Facebook page. If you would like to follow that page you will get a new species to enjoy and learn about each day until some embuggerment or [...]

2020-03-14T16:59:51-04:00Sunday, March 15, 2020|

Northern Hawk Owl

Ten Years Ago If you are a birder or a photographer, please don't get excited - this bird was found ten years ago and the photographs were serendipitously resurfaced whilst I was cleaning out unrequired pictures from my too large digital archives. The Northern Hawk Owl (Surnia ulula) is a very rare [...]

2020-01-14T16:02:58-05:00Sunday, January 19, 2020|

Beautiful Natural Playground

Walking in the Snow with Birds There was some gentle snow overnight on Wednesday and so we had to go out and make the most of it Thursday morning. The temperatures were not too cold (they will be exceptionally cold by the weekend) and we had a good tramp. This wooded and [...]

2020-01-16T15:52:35-05:00Sunday, January 19, 2020|

Hawks and Wolves

Feed the Birds Every Thursday in Winter we start a morning's birding by visiting the nearby MBO bird banding station and filling the bid feeders followed by taking a census of the birds to be seen in the cold snow. This is quite a special thing for us - the station is [...]

2020-01-03T17:51:08-05:00Sunday, January 5, 2020|

Winter Sparrows

Sparrows are perhaps my/our favourite birds. From the point of view of nostalgia I would say especially the House Sparrows that I grew up with but otherwise one of the great things about living in Canada is the number of other sparrow species (most of them more strictly Buntings, but we won't go [...]

2019-11-28T14:18:00-05:00Sunday, December 1, 2019|

Making Maps of Tracks

Interactive Trail Maps Ever since I was six or seven years old and went out "hiking" with my father, I have been fascinated by maps. I was never so proud as the day I could navigate for us with the aid of a compass and Ordinance Survey "inch to the mile" map without [...]

2019-06-04T11:12:11-04:00Sunday, June 9, 2019|

Close Encounters

The Third Man ... ? This is Place Jacques-Cartier in Montreal with the town hall at the top of the hill. It was strangely calm and quiet after the alien mothership had beamed up all the tourists and buskers. There were only two people in the whole square, sitting on that bench to the [...]

2018-11-09T16:41:18-05:00Friday, November 9, 2018|

Summer Morning in the Arboretum

Birds, flowers, butterflies and photographs High summer is one of the very best times to go wandering in the arboretum because for the most part you have it to yourself and that means the wildlife is much closer and more easily observed. We saw birds close up today that usually stay well away from [...]

2018-07-12T16:02:50-04:00Thursday, July 12, 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|
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