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Leaf Blowers – Noise Pollution

This in environmental post so appropriate for the Greenbirding website I think. This morning at 7:30 we were less than pleased to hear the penetrating noise of leaf blowers from a neighbours yard being wielded by their garden contractors. We thought they would be finished soon. We breakfasted, did some chores, went out for an hour and it is now 12:45pm and the blowers are still blasting away. Five hours plus! Is this reasonable? [...]

By | 2017-11-18T13:40:47+00:00 November 17th, 2017|audio, conservation, garden|2 Comments

Brambling* Around the Creepery Forest

Chris and I were leading a group of about 17 BPQ birders around the arboretum this morning. Lovely, bright morning but a good few degrees below zero and a distinct “winter is coming” feel to things. Brding was quiet, as expected, but we nothched up some 18 species (listed below) and everyone got some useful excercise. Roughly one species per person present which seems to be the mark of a sucessful birding trip. I [...]

By | 2017-11-12T17:38:05+00:00 November 12th, 2017|arboretum, birding, birds, BPQ, cold|2 Comments

Bird Observation Probabilities

The data provided to us by eBird is enormously helpful to birders but sometimes they don't supply just what you want to have. This being a cold and damp day, quite unsuitable for comfortable outdoor productive birding, I decided to see if I could extract some data I think would be particularly useful. So - here's the question. What is the probability of seeing species-X at site-Y in a given month or season? eBird don't [...]

By | 2017-11-05T15:36:12+00:00 November 5th, 2017|arboretum, BIGBY, birding, birds|0 Comments

Join us on an Autumn Walk in the Forest

A very mild and unusually wet year followed by a far too warm start to autumn and a few weeks of unexpected dry weather has played around with the arrival of the real, Quebec autumn colours in the trees which ought to have been past their peak by now but in fact are only this week starting to develop. This won't be an outstanding year for colour as we are anticipating leaves will fall [...]

By | 2017-10-20T23:03:37+00:00 October 19th, 2017|arboretum, autumn, birds|0 Comments

On “Brambling” – a peaceful activity

When groups of birders go out on an organised walk in the wild looking for birds the activity is usually called a field trip. For some reason I have never really liked this term, though I use it all the time, as I feel a field trip ought to be more science directed than these pleasant gatherings usually are. When J and I go out birding we spend at least as much time as [...]

By | 2017-10-15T09:38:37+00:00 October 15th, 2017|birding, field trip|1 Comment

Searching for a Seat

I was "commissioned" to seek out and photograph a memorial seat recently placed in the Morgan Arboretum by Bird Protection Quebec as a memorial to Michael Spencer - naturalist, birder, arboretum denizen and one-time President of BPQ. All we knew was that it was "near the black walnuts". Well, mission accomplished ... and what a gorgeous place this is to have as your memorial. The black walnut trees are just north of the main trail [...]

By | 2017-09-30T23:04:36+00:00 September 30th, 2017|arboretum, autumn|1 Comment

Summer Conservation Project

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/  

By | 2017-09-18T15:13:15+00:00 September 18th, 2017|arboretum, conservation|0 Comments

Yet Another European Invader – The “Quebec Spider”

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 [...]

By | 2017-09-15T16:52:02+00:00 September 15th, 2017|garden, spiders|0 Comments

Messy Gardening

    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 [...]

By | 2017-09-12T10:57:14+00:00 September 12th, 2017|garden|0 Comments

Sunflower bees

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 [...]

By | 2017-09-06T15:59:22+00:00 September 6th, 2017|insects|0 Comments