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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

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

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

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 [...]

By | 2017-08-18T22:10:57+00:00 August 18th, 2017|birding, birds, landscape, photography|3 Comments

Grand Manan/Fundy 2017 – #3: Blacks Harbour and first seabirds

This is a shorter piece and a somewhat quieter day before we get to the half-day "pelagic" trip that I will recount - with many photographs - tomorrow. After that? We have a Burrowing Owl waiting for you ... yes, in New Brunswick! Stick with us. After the Sandpipers on Monday morning (see yesterday’s post) we passed a few hours in driving from the Moncton area down to St-John and beyond there to Black’s Harbour [...]

By | 2017-08-15T20:42:27+00:00 August 15th, 2017|birding, birds, flowers|0 Comments

Grand Manan/Fundy 2017 – #2: Sandpipers and Flowerpots and a Reversing River

If you are here for the Puffins, they will be appearing in considerable number (and in video) in the last post of this series :) ... but today we offer you spectacular video of 30,000 Sandpipers instead. The week started in Moncton and along the coast of the upper Fundy Bay - perhaps the muddiest place on the planet. Moncton is not a scenic city but it does have a very, very good seafood [...]

By | 2017-08-14T18:13:37+00:00 August 14th, 2017|birding, birds, summer|6 Comments

Grand Manan/Fundy 2017 – Prologue

Lots of Photographs, lots of birds and a few whales and butterflies. We have just returned from a stupendous week of (mostly) intensive birding plus a bit of botanising in the Bay of Fundy that produced some amazing photographic opportunities we would like to share with our friends.  Usually, after these trips we produce a lengthy “trip report” but, let's face it, they can be just a bit too long for some, otherwise interested, [...]

By | 2017-08-13T11:40:58+00:00 August 13th, 2017|birding, birds, butterflies, insects, landscape|6 Comments

Arboretum April Record

Chris (who has way better birding ears than this old guy ... well, he is younger) and I led a group of 26 birders on Bird Protection Quebec field trip this morning in the Morgan Arboretum and the adjacent fields. To be honest, we started with 26 but ten got eaten by bears as we ended with 16 ... but it was cold, and grey and damp and we walked for four and a half [...]

By | 2017-04-22T15:05:48+00:00 April 22nd, 2017|arboretum, birding, birds|3 Comments

Far too soon for White-throated Sparrows ??

White-throated Sparrows are cheery little birds that we are always willing to give a welcome to as they pass through the Montreal region on their spring and fall migrations. Although they have been recorded here in every one of the twelve months of the year you can see from this abundance chart for Montreal, that they are normally with us only from mid April for a couple of weeks. ... eBird wanted proof of the [...]

By | 2017-05-01T16:46:09+00:00 February 6th, 2017|birding, birds, migration, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Bird Artist – introducing a friend

I'd like to take the opportunity of introducing readers to an artist friend of ours who is doing some really splendid watercolour work from her studio in deepest Nova Scotia. Sandra's just put up a website that tells you all about her work. What we particularly like is that her art is based on real, live birds that she has seen herself. She has a few prints available for sale at a most reasonable price [...]

By | 2017-05-01T16:46:57+00:00 February 5th, 2017|art, birding, birds|0 Comments