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+00:00October 19th, 2017|arboretum, autumn, birds|0 Comments

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+00:00September 30th, 2017|arboretum, autumn|1 Comment

Quebec Colours

Another hotter-than-it-should-be day today with bright sun and blue skies called us out to do some more fall colour admiring (all the more so it seems we are now in for several wet days which will probably cause most of the leaves to fall off the trees). This time we went to the two nature parks at Anse-à l'Orme and Cap-St-Jacques and managed to see a few birds as well ... we took a lot [...]

By |2016-10-19T14:47:38+00:00October 19th, 2016|autumn, birding, fall, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Ile-Perrot north shore

I got itchy feet today after our non-birding trip to the UK and took myself out for a circuit of the waters around Ile Perrot to see what ducks might be about … apparently some of the less common species have been seen there is recent days and I hoped to catch a few. A bright day with a temperature around 10degC and a strong SW wind that raised good waves along the southern shore [...]

By |2014-11-05T13:02:29+00:00November 5th, 2014|autumn, birding, birds|0 Comments

New garden bird

Late afternoon on a hot and sunny and not at all typical late September day the garden was busy - including a Red-eyed Vireo, a Northern Cardinal with a late juvenile and bathing briefly in the pool, a Swainson's Thrush - this being a new species for this year's garden list which now stands at 56 for the year.

By |2014-09-24T17:21:17+00:00September 24th, 2014|autumn, birding, birds|1 Comment

Garden migration

Just before lunch, the day being cool and cloudy, a small flock of assorted birds all heading determinedly southwards, moved through the garden - including many BC Chickadees, some 30 American Goldfinch, four Blue-headed and one Red-eyed Vireos, a NOFL, and a half dozen Ruby-crowned Kinglets. Red-eyed Vireo Northern Flicker having a bathe Squirrel eyeing up the birds' water

By |2014-09-23T13:21:23+00:00September 23rd, 2014|autumn, BIGBY, birding, birds, migration|0 Comments

Birds and Beavers at Kenauk 2014

KENAUK 7-12 September 2014 Being a brief and illustrated account of the most enjoyable wildlifing we know "West of Montreal”. This year was the 17th annual visit we have made to stay in the Kenauk nature sanctuary, now owned in good part by our friends at Nature Conservancy Canada (NCC). Always the same week of the year, always the same cabin on the same lake. When I say it's the best wildlifing I really mean [...]

By |2014-09-14T14:47:09+00:00September 14th, 2014|autumn, birding, birds, conservation, environment, fall, mammals, migration|0 Comments

A Slow Day – in two places

Up early this morning and took myself off to the bPQ field trip that was birding “The Pits” at St-Lazare … a place made world famous for its huge variety of species by my friend Mark, who has been there seemingly every day for the past umpteen years. I am not a field trip birder, usually far too many people and while it’s nice to catch up on the news of the day it does [...]

By |2014-08-30T17:49:35+00:00August 30th, 2014|autumn, birding, birds, fall|0 Comments

Fall warbling at the pond

The garden warbler pond it starting to do its stuff again. We are at the beginnings of fall migration and already some birds are heading south. It will be a long while before they all departed, but once more our little waterfall header pond it attracting them as they drop by for a quick splash. In a 10-15 minute period when we were supposed to be brewing tea this afternoon we were visited by at [...]

By |2014-08-21T17:17:54+00:00August 21st, 2014|autumn, birding, birds, fall, migration|0 Comments