OK - I know I live in Canada these days but what happens to wildlife in the UK is still pretty important for me and, well for everyone because once one rich country forgets what matters others will follow them into the abyss. You can vote for Bob from a Canadian address and you don't even have to be a UK citizen to do so ... so add your voice to Bob's campaign today.
Earlier today, a birding, blogging friend drew attention to an article suggesting (what a surprise) that the more that people trawl the sea and remove the fish, the fewer seabirds there are going to be ... indeed, the fewer seabirds there already are. You can read the article here: http://goo.gl/iGtgN7 ... and so this article is not about my patch, but it's more important. This put me in mind of an occasion, must have been thirty [...]
Depending on how you count it and where you live on the planet, today is the second or third day of spring ... and outside it is snowing hard with 20cm or more promised by the end of the day. The migrating birds are stuck hundreds of miles to the south. Hopefully all those 100+ new daffodils I planted last fall are under the white stuff ready to go when the sunlight hits them. Meanwhile, [...]
Those who have sat through one of my several presentations about designing a garden to attract birds will have head me speak of "scruffy corners" and "stumperies" and I know that this is a the feature that I have had the most questions about afterwards from the most people. A stumpery was a victorian invention to rival a rockery and in essence is nothing more than a pile of logs rather more artfully arranged than [...]
Here's something notable ... a couple of days ago (see an earlier posting) we had a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker on one of the garden feeders, a visitor who should have left for the south some time ago. Turns out that late Sapsuckers are being reported in small and scattered numbers in Quebec this year, but it was unusual enough for eBird to seriously query it. At the same time we have had one of the Carolina [...]