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Greenbirding - A Journal

Occasional short observations - mostly (but not always) about wildlife and gardens

Greenbirding - A Journal/

Summer Conservation Project

By | 2017-09-18T15:13:15+00:00 September 18th, 2017|arboretum, conservation|

I have spent much of this summer working with other volunteers from the Friends of the Morgan Arboretum to renovate and recreate a new trail in the Arboretum. It will be formally opened on Sunday. I thought readers of this journal would enjoy taking a short photographic walk along the trail and finding out why I have had such fun in excellent company. Follow the link below: http://www.greenbirding.ca/a-trail-garden-in-the-forest/  

Yet Another European Invader – The “Quebec Spider”

By | 2017-09-15T16:52:02+00:00 September 15th, 2017|garden, spiders|

This chap should have been instantly identifiable when encountered as it is Araneus diadematis or the Cross Orb-weave Spider. However, one naturally thinks about Quebec native species and not the common or garden European garden Spider, which is what this chap actually is. Thought to have arrived in North America about a century ago and now well-settled. he was "venerated" in the middle ages because of the cross on his upper abdomen which gave [...]

Messy Gardening

By | 2017-09-12T10:57:14+00:00 September 12th, 2017|garden|

    This is the time of year when gardeners throughout the land start tidying up before the winter. Leaves are raked and bagged and put out by the kerbside to be collected, seed heads are chopped and a frenzy of neat-nickery inflicts our neighbours. Not necessary - not even desirable. Check out this link from Cornell University and Nature Conservancy's Habitat Network and learn how you and your garden wildlife will all [...]

Sunflower bees

By | 2017-09-06T15:59:22+00:00 September 6th, 2017|insects|

Really Big Bumble Bees It’s years since we tried to grow sunflowers, in fact the only time I can remember doing so in Canada was the first summer we were here when we had them like soldiers on either side of the front porch and steps … this year, the birds have carefully planted a single sunflower seed taken from the feeders we provide (about one big sack of seed a month) and placed [...]

September Caterpillars

By | 2017-09-04T13:09:54+00:00 September 4th, 2017|caterpillar, garden, moths|

The weather has cooled off considerably, yesterday was steady rain all day and today is humid ... and suddenly we are noticing fat caterpillars. here are a couple that are quite interesting, and in the case of one really spectacular. The flashy one is the yellow. hairy chap heading this post. He was crawling across a rough stone wall surrounding a Japanese Acer and going at quite some speed. I am fairly sure this [...]

Logos

By | 2017-08-30T19:04:55+00:00 August 30th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Most readers will have deduced that this site is allied to the Sparroworks "empire" and so will be fascinated to learn that we now have an alternative logo for use when circumstances are suitable. The main logo remains the simple bird to the right, the new one is the featured image at the head of the post.        

Importing and Consolidating

By | 2017-08-30T11:13:22+00:00 August 30th, 2017|wildlife|

Around the time I retired (four years ago) I created a freebie website for the sort of stuff that Greenbirding now handles rather better. I was intending to delete it as I have not posted to it for over a year and had almost forgotten its existence … but, Wordpress being the excellent tool that it is, I have instead simply imported the posts from that site to merge them with this one. At [...]

Big, Sad Bug

By | 2017-08-24T17:11:43+00:00 August 24th, 2017|insects|

A friend, yesterday, accused me of being a "closet entomologist" (and he's a professional, so he should know ;) ) so moving on from the pretty butterflies of my last post we find ourselves staring at the kitchen window and really rather large bug. A true bug, in fact, using the word in it's proper sense. This big, brown chap is a bit over an inch long and decided to check out what we were [...]

Northern Crescents and Trail Maps

By | 2017-08-23T15:40:26+00:00 August 23rd, 2017|birds, butterflies, insects, trails|

There were some exceptionally heavy storms in this part of Quebec yesterday so we changed our usual “Wednesday Wander” in the Arboretum to a walk of equivalent distance along the riverside in Cap-St-Jacques - for the exercise and to see what was around. A couple of years ago I added a Guide to West Island Birding Sites to my small collection of free guidebooks. I think it is useful and lots of people have [...]

Grand Manan/Fundy 2017 – #6: Dawn light, Puffins, Seals and Turnstones

By | 2017-08-18T22:10:57+00:00 August 18th, 2017|birding, birds, landscape, photography|

SO … Finally, the chapter you have all been waiting for. We’ve had Whales and Owls and scenic views and 30,000 Sandpipers but now, at last, we have PUFFINS. Very much the target species for quite a few of the group. You asked, and we deliver. This last day of the tour was a very early start … dawn was still breaking as the boat left the harbour (just feast [...]