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Sunflower bees

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 [...]

By | 2017-09-06T15:59:22+00:00 September 6th, 2017|insects|0 Comments

Big, Sad Bug

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 [...]

By | 2017-08-24T17:11:43+00:00 August 24th, 2017|insects|0 Comments

Northern Crescents and Trail Maps

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 [...]

By | 2017-08-23T15:40:26+00:00 August 23rd, 2017|birds, butterflies, insects, trails|0 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