Really Big Bumble Bees It’s years since we tried to grow sunflowers, in fact the only time I can remember doing so in Canada was the first summer we were here when we had them like soldiers on either side of the front porch and steps … this year, the birds have carefully planted a single sunflower seed taken from the feeders we provide (about one big sack of seed a month) and placed [...]
A friend, yesterday, accused me of being a "closet entomologist" (and he's a professional, so he should know ;) ) so moving on from the pretty butterflies of my last post we find ourselves staring at the kitchen window and really rather large bug. A true bug, in fact, using the word in it's proper sense. This big, brown chap is a bit over an inch long and decided to check out what we were [...]
There were some exceptionally heavy storms in this part of Quebec yesterday so we changed our usual “Wednesday Wander” in the Arboretum to a walk of equivalent distance along the riverside in Cap-St-Jacques - for the exercise and to see what was around. A couple of years ago I added a Guide to West Island Birding Sites to my small collection of free guidebooks. I think it is useful and lots of people have [...]
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, [...]
Finally, they have appeared in the garden ... and even had a look at the milkweed - though this plant is Pontaderia.