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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

Hard Bird Slogging

This morning I was booked to lead a birding field trip in the Arboretum … this winter one I usually lead people along the snowshoe trail and last year the day was cold, bright and contained three Owls, one ripping a squirrel to pieces which was a lot of fun. This morning the weather was unseasonably warm with a few inches of overnight snow but at kick-off time this morning it had turned to light [...]

By | 2016-02-20T13:56:53+00:00 February 20th, 2016|birding, birds, BPQ, field trip, winter|0 Comments

A triple owl day …

Earlier today I was leading a Bird protection Quebec field trip along the snowshoe trail in the arboretum. By gum, to say nothing of by t’eck (I’m tri-lingual, I speak Yorkshire too when stressed), it were reet cold this morning, proper parky like. But despite that a dozen brave souls turned out for what proved to be a very successful morning’s forest birding. Just the right size for a group outing. We have not organised [...]

By | 2015-02-21T16:47:09+00:00 February 21st, 2015|arboretum, birding, birds, BPQ, cold, field trip, owls|0 Comments

Peregrine Falcons at the AKNR (with video)

Birding outside our patch for a change today as we were leading a field trip for Bird Protection Quebec at the Alfred Kelly Nature Reserve, about an hour north of Montreal. Gratifyingly there were 20 birders who decided to brave the hot trails and come along to see what was happening. Thank you all for showing confidence in your leader by rising so early on a Sunday morning. I had rashly “promised” Peregrine Falcons... maybe [...]

By | 2014-06-08T15:39:29+00:00 June 8th, 2014|birding, birds, BPQ, field trip|4 Comments

Two new but not very green species

Had to get in the car to go birding today. BPQ had organised a field trip onto Mont-St-Grégoire this morning to be followed by lunch at a cabane-à-sucre which is not something  to be missed by any many with an appetite in Québec. It had been raining all night and was still drizzling on the hour or so drive over but shortly after we arrived things dried up and while grey and cold the walking [...]

By | 2014-04-27T16:08:50+00:00 April 27th, 2014|birding, birds, BPQ, field trip|0 Comments

Bushwhacking for birds

Sixteen birders gathered at the arboretum this morning for the first part of a two-site field trip that I had somehow agreed to organise and lead for BPQ. It was a little chilly until the sun got into its stride but the trees were at their glorious best and everyone was happy to be out "even if there are no birds" … but there were. In fact there were so many birds that we spent [...]

By | 2013-10-12T14:49:44+00:00 October 12th, 2013|birding, BPQ, field trip|0 Comments