Studying Birds Up Close (Video)

People who know us know that we like to spend time with birds. This video (NOT made by me note) is the first in a series intended to educate Elementary School children from grades 3 to 6 about the important work that is done at the McGill Bird Observatory (MBO) in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec. [...]

2022-02-20T12:26:48-05:00Wednesday, February 16, 2022|1000 Species, Baie-D'Urfe, Birding, birds, BPQ|

Winter Woodland Wandering near Woodpeckers (video)

Strolling in Winter near Montreal We were out a few days ago counting winter birds and thought a couple of minutes strolling through the snowy forest with us might be calming for your soul. Immediately by the start off this short walk there were four different species of Woodpecker in the trees [...]

2022-01-08T17:37:25-05:00Friday, January 7, 2022|arboretum, birds, Landscape, winter|

Under a leaden sky.

The fellow was clearing an ice skating track on the river ice while some serious cloud loomed menacingly overhead. If you peer closely there's a plane below the clouds coming down to land at the airport. Two ways of moving about.

2022-01-05T21:43:40-05:00Wednesday, January 5, 2022|Baie-D'Urfe, winter|

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|

Words for the Winter Solstice

THE SHORTEST DAY So the shortest day came, and the year died, And everywhere down the centuries of the snow-white world Came people singing, dancing, To drive the dark away. They lighted candles in the winter trees; They hung their homes with evergreen; They burned beseeching fires all night long To keep [...]

2021-12-21T07:41:04-05:00Tuesday, December 21, 2021|Baie-D'Urfe, winter|

A Week to Mid-Winter.

Snow - then a brief marginal thaw - and now cold again with ice. Only a week though to the winter solstice after which the days begin to lengthen again on the way to the return of spring. Before that, however, we have January and February and serious winter days ahead. [...]

2021-12-15T14:55:11-05:00Wednesday, December 15, 2021|Baie-D'Urfe, winter|

Winter Birding Duties Recommence

The beginning of December brings with it our return to winter birding tasks - tasks we spend all summer, especially during the too hot months, looking forward to. Regular readers will know that these duties involve weekly (weekdays for us, a couple of friends do weekends) visits to the nearby bird banding station [...]

2021-12-03T13:56:10-05:00Thursday, December 2, 2021|Birding, birds, winter|

Winter Moths and Forest Artwork

Two Fascinating Findings this Morning. We took today’s walk (we make it a rule to walk somewhere every day - got to fight off this ageing business) in the Arboretum which apart from a couple of dog walkers we had to ourselves. When we set off along the trail there were ice [...]

2021-11-17T22:16:49-05:00Wednesday, November 17, 2021|arboretum, Insects|

Preparing the Wildlife Garden for Winter

Some simple suggestions ... Faithful readers of our posts will have gathered some ideas about how to attract wildlife to their gardens over spring, summer and early fall but now winter approaches and what do we do with all those native plants still standing tall? The neighbours are starting to look askance. [...]

2021-10-23T15:10:35-04:00Saturday, October 23, 2021|birds, flowers, Garden, wildlife, winter|

Winter Arrivals

Dark-eyed Juncos As the temperatures start to fall towards zero (a few days yet) and the cold rain falls we are beginning to see the first arrivals of birds form the north that usually spend the winter with us. Today there was a flock of over a dozen Dark-eyed Juncos busily working [...]

2021-10-21T13:57:26-04:00Thursday, October 21, 2021|Baie-D'Urfe, birds, Garden, winter|
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