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+00:00August 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+00:00August 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+00:00April 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+00:00February 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+00:00February 5th, 2017|art, birding, birds|0 Comments

On the naming of Larks (and a day of CBC-ing)

Photographs follow further down   Yesterday was the 76th Hudson Christmas Bird Count and J and I were out all day counting birds on our usual route. I'll get to the day report shortly but first want to ask you to Consider the Horned Lark. Why? Because we found something interesting and I think it will interest you also and encourage you to look more closely at the next group you happen upon. After we [...]

By |2016-12-28T18:37:37+00:00December 28th, 2016|birding, birds, cold, winter|2 Comments

Feederwatch 2016/17 begins – 14 species

Unless something really unusual turns up over the winter we won't be posting weekly Feederwatch updates here, but thought it interesting to at least share the first recordings of the annual season. We scored 14 species, most of them regulars but worthy of note is the continuing presence of a small flock of House Finches accompanied by a solitary female Purple Finch and the presence of a White-throated Sparrow. WTSparrows have usually gone by this date [...]

By |2016-11-14T15:29:08+00:00November 14th, 2016|birding, birds, feeders, feederwatch, garden, Uncategorized|0 Comments

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

Scottish Wildlifing

We recently took a couple of weeks vacation on the Scottish west coast - pretty much at the end of a very long and narrow single-track road leading to nowhere very much. Glorious. There is an brief and illustrated trip report for you to enjoy here   Young Robin

By |2016-10-09T12:33:11+00:00October 9th, 2016|birding, landscape, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Wildlife from a different aspect – creatures working on our behalf

I'm not certain if this is appropriate for the wildlifing journal or the gardening one - but on balance I will share this here. Taking the lid of one of the compost bins this morning I was struck by the activity that is going on in there. Everyone should have a compost bin or two or three ... and if you have kids, all the more so. It's a great learning opportunity and will fascinate [...]

By |2016-09-04T12:59:39+00:00September 4th, 2016|birding, Uncategorized|0 Comments