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|

Cold Weather Moths

Bruce Spanwing Moth A couple of days ago we saw a pale moth flying across the garden - late November, snow on the ground, temperatures around zero or below - and shrugged as it flew away. This morning we got a closer look at it, or a relative. I am reasonably confident that [...]

2019-11-26T10:03:09-05:00Tuesday, November 26, 2019|

Wonderfully Cold Birding

On Saturday morning, Bird Protection Quebec organised a birding field trip in the Arboretum to which Arbo members were invited and which several joined. For my sins, I was delegated to organise and lead the outing. I don't go on many field trips (I have problems with more than six people together at once) [...]

2019-11-17T12:09:49-05:00Sunday, November 17, 2019|

Winter Birding Again !!

One of our most enjoyable activities each year is spending the winter servicing and filling the bird feeders at the local bird banding station and recording the birds that are in the season when the nets cannot be put up. This year we started a bit earlier than usual after the first decent [...]

2019-11-14T12:56:38-05:00Sunday, November 17, 2019|

Pictures of the Week (9 Dec 2018)

** Perhaps a few too many posts here recently of multiple, featured photographs ... henceforth they will be displayed in a single post that's quick to scan and only takes one click to open. In Town Tonight The Baie-D'Urfé town hall lit up for the 2018 Winter Solstice [...]

2018-12-06T18:07:49-05:00Sunday, December 9, 2018|

The Journal – 9 December 2019

“December, in my memory, is white as Lapland, though there were no reindeers. But there were cats.” – Dylan Thomas, A Child’s Christmas in Wales That sounds all very nice, were DT not to have spoiled the image by then going on to write “Patient, cold and callous, our hands wrapped in socks, we [...]

2018-12-09T11:38:11-05:00Sunday, December 9, 2018|

Splash …

Blue Jay Blue Jays are like teenagers, always flopping about and shouting. They also like very much to take regular baths and showers and as we provide a heated water bath for them in cold Québec winters, how could this smart fellow refuse the opportunity. Metadata Copyright © [...]

2018-12-01T16:51:03-05:00Saturday, December 1, 2018|

Two Carolina Wrens (VIDEO)

Right at the very northernmost limit of their range, two Carolina Wrens are settling in for winter in a garden west of Montreal. A serendipitous snatch of hand-held video. ** The first Wren appears from behind the dark chain-mesh feeder at about 12s and the second flies in to join it at 30s. I [...]

2018-11-27T11:09:21-05:00Tuesday, November 27, 2018|

The Last Berry

"Mine, All mine!" There are two Viburnum bushes near the house, one a native species and one a horticultural cultivar. Usually the berries stay on the bushes through most of the winter as although to us they look bright and juicy it is evident that most wildlife only resort to them once all the [...]

2018-11-25T16:10:49-05:00Friday, November 23, 2018|

Back on Winter Duty

Feeder filling at the MBO Every winter at about this time we take a weekly "shift" at the nearby bird banding station (no public access so we can't share the location) to fill bird feeders and see what's about. Today was the first outing of the year and the coldest day with -15C (or [...]

2018-11-22T12:30:15-05:00Thursday, November 22, 2018|