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25 Years in Canada … 18 as Canadians

As of today we have been in Canada for a full quarter century - or almost exactly one third of our lives. Worthy of note - even if we did get over the honeymoon period many years ago. Late in 1997 I saw an advert for a job at a lab in [...]

2023-03-27T13:03:13-04:00Tuesday, March 28, 2023|Accounts, Memoire|

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|

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|

Bleached Bones

Along one stretch of shoreline in  the Iles-de-la-Madeleine last month the sandy shoreline was being eroded and fallen trees had been washed by the saltwater. Interesting shapes.

2022-07-09T18:12:58-04:00Saturday, July 9, 2022|photography, Quebec|

The Kingdom of the Savannah Sparrow

Iles-de-la-Madeleine 2022 There is a small archipelago of beautiful islands a couple of hours flight north-east of Montreal in the middle of the Gulf of St-Lawrence where we have just passed a splendid week watching birds, discovering wild flowers and eating marvellously fresh seafood. This post is simply a brief record of the [...]

2022-06-29T14:33:07-04:00Wednesday, June 29, 2022|Accounts, animals, flowers, Quebec, sparrows, wildlife|

Short-tails from the Islands

The photo gallery from the Isles-de-la-Madeleine is going to take some time to assemble with almost a 1000 photos to process and consider (and cull down to manageable levels) but while my readers are eagerly waiting in suspense I thought I would share an observation of just one species as a "taster" of [...]

2022-06-27T12:59:54-04:00Monday, June 27, 2022|Accounts, Insects, Quebec|

I Must be Going Batty

I have mentioned before that I am writing a Natural History of the town I live in, and a few nearby places within a short distance. A friend who we met ten years ago on a wildlifing trip of north-western Newfoundland and Labrador pointed out from some early draft pages that I don’t [...]

2022-02-13T13:16:21-05:00Wednesday, February 9, 2022|1000 Species, Baie-D'Urfe, mammals|

A Trifecta of Snow Birds

Hudson Christmas Bird Count (Route 2) 2021 This is probably the 20th year that J and I have done the annual Christmas Bird Count centred on Hudson, and all but the first year we have censused the same route. It's unusual in that there is far more driving than walking - not a [...]

2021-12-28T15:59:13-05:00Monday, December 27, 2021|Birding, birds, winter|

Golden Colours

One year ago we had planned to spend a weekend away to celebrate our 50th anniversary but covid meant it all had to be cancelled at the last minute - quite a disappointment. A couple of golden oldies Good things come to he/she who waits however and we have just celebrated [...]

2021-10-15T18:57:29-04:00Monday, October 11, 2021|birds, canada, environment, trees|

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|
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