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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

60 Arboretum Birds in 240 Minutes

That’s one bird species every four minutes !! Pictures follow. This morning I was scheduled to help Chris lead a birding walk in the arboretum … but we found out at the last minute (ie: 7:30am) that everyone who had signed up had phoned in the day before to cancel (but the office didn’t tell us). Who knows why? Maybe the weather was too nice to waste it on birds? Well, their loss, as together with Claude, [...]

By |2016-05-21T13:01:05+00:00May 21st, 2016|arboretum, birding, birds, migration|2 Comments

Mrs. Beakie

While we were in England last week there were several reports of FOS Rose-breasted Grosbeaks in friends' gardens and we fely a little left out of the fun ... but this morning a smart female came to visit and so far seems to be sticking around.  Just need a male now to complete the set.

By |2016-05-12T15:36:05+00:00May 12th, 2016|birding, birds, migration|0 Comments

A Fine Flurry of Finches

Reports are coming in from all over the west-of-Montreal area of a strong movement of winter finches heading back north this morning - one friend talks of 70 Pine Siskins interering with his photography as they land on his head !!  All very exciting. Another friend driving up to Montreal from the US border notes that huge flocks of Siskins are on the move today having over-wintered just south of the border in Vermont and [...]

By |2016-03-26T11:04:17+00:00March 26th, 2016|birding, birds, feeders, feederwatch, migration, spring|0 Comments

New birds in the garden

There has been an increase lately of young birds in the garden as the fall migration gradually starts. We have already mentioned Eastern Phoebe and Eastern Wood-Pewee, there are of course plenty of young Cardinals and Chickadees and Downy Woodpeckers, Juvenile American Robins are starting to flop around the pool and the shrubs and the teenage Blue Jays seem to be constantly hurling abuse and commentary at the world. There is a Great-crested Flycatcher or two dropping [...]

By |2015-08-22T16:27:35+00:00August 22nd, 2015|birding, birds, migration|0 Comments

New Year-birds

That's New Year-Birds and not New-Year Birds ... Took a visit this morning to the Ste-Anne rapids where there is always a bit of open water due to the rapid movement of the water. Just a few early migrating waterfowl have arrived including Common Goldeneye and Common Mergansers with Ring-billed and Great Black-backed Gulls and Canada Geese. More than somewhat annoyingly, the people in charge have closed off access to the lock-gates with big barriers so [...]

By |2015-04-01T16:11:32+00:00April 1st, 2015|birding, birds, cold, migration|0 Comments

Garden migration

Just before lunch, the day being cool and cloudy, a small flock of assorted birds all heading determinedly southwards, moved through the garden - including many BC Chickadees, some 30 American Goldfinch, four Blue-headed and one Red-eyed Vireos, a NOFL, and a half dozen Ruby-crowned Kinglets. Red-eyed Vireo Northern Flicker having a bathe Squirrel eyeing up the birds' water

By |2014-09-23T13:21:23+00:00September 23rd, 2014|autumn, BIGBY, birding, birds, migration|0 Comments

Birds and Beavers at Kenauk 2014

KENAUK 7-12 September 2014 Being a brief and illustrated account of the most enjoyable wildlifing we know "West of Montreal”. This year was the 17th annual visit we have made to stay in the Kenauk nature sanctuary, now owned in good part by our friends at Nature Conservancy Canada (NCC). Always the same week of the year, always the same cabin on the same lake. When I say it's the best wildlifing I really mean [...]

By |2014-09-14T14:47:09+00:00September 14th, 2014|autumn, birding, birds, conservation, environment, fall, mammals, migration|0 Comments

More Fall Warbling

Still in the garden, noon-ish today brought forth a small group of mixed species passing through on their way to the south ... Cape May and Blackpoll warblers, a Red-eyed Vireo and two or three House Finches. Cape May Warbler Blackpoll Warbler Red-eyed Vireo House Finch Red-eyed Vireo

By |2014-08-27T14:59:09+00:00August 27th, 2014|birding, birds, fall, migration|0 Comments