Importing and Consolidating

Around the time I retired (four years ago) I created a freebie website for the sort of stuff that Greenbirding now handles rather better. I was intending to delete it as I have not posted to it for over a year and had almost forgotten its existence … but, Wordpress being the excellent tool that it is, I have instead simply imported the posts from that site to merge them with this one. At [...]

By |2017-08-30T11:13:22-04:00August 30th, 2017|wildlife|0 Comments

A “Garden in the Forest” – Part 2

A couple of weeks ago, we posted here about the volunteer creation of the wildlife feeding "Garden in the Forest" at the Arboretum - you can read it here: to find out what it's about. Time for an update. All the trees, bushes and shrubs are now planted and the site has been thoroughly dug over to try to get rid of big, thuggish weeds and ferns. Needless to say, that's a vain hope but [...]

By |2017-06-04T18:34:20-04:00June 4th, 2017|arboretum, wildlife|1 Comment

Change of Venue

Now that Christmas 2016 is behind us and we are heading pell-mell into a new year, please note that Journal Articles will henceforth be published at the following address: All the old posts (see below) will reman here and all the other Sparroworks Wildlife Co. stuff such as guide books for sale etc will also remain on this site. Please don't ask why - but the reason is a good one.

By |2016-12-27T19:40:56-04:00December 27th, 2016|Uncategorized, wildlife|0 Comments

Snow and phragmites

Along with a "survey" team from the BPQ Philipsburg Sanctuary project Group we visited the Philipsburg bird sanctuary this morning to check out the old beaver dam ... We met birds, very cold winds, the first few snowflakes of the winter and far too much phragmites. We have hopes that the beaver dam can be reinstated and raised so that the levels of water in the marsh and Streit's Pond can also be raised, thereby [...]

By |2015-10-18T16:22:15-04:00October 18th, 2015|birding, birds, wildlife|0 Comments

Absorbing territory, adding birds.

We went to Ile-Bizard nature park this morning to see what's to be seen. The place was almost empty when we got there but interestingly, by the time we left what was to be seen, apart from birds which I shall come to shortly, were five or six couples like us - identical white bearded chaps carrying camera/tripod/scope each accompanied by female partner with binoculars. It would seem that we have started a trend. [...]

By |2014-06-23T15:27:31-04:00June 23rd, 2014|birding, birds, digiscoping, wildlife|0 Comments


Yesterday was a day off from trying to chase down elusive non-arriving migrating birds. We joined a working party of volunteers from Bird Protection Quebec down at their Philipsburg bird sanctuary to erect new Wood Duck nesting boxes around the pond before the ice thaws and the area becomes inaccessible. In the process we added a beautiful adult Bald Eagle to the year list (not to the patch list, however) and J saw a eastern [...]

By |2014-03-10T11:54:53-04:00March 10th, 2014|birding, birds, BPQ, wildlife, winter|0 Comments

Nemesis bird nailed

Two more species for the year list on our patch – Cedar Waxwing (#33) and Red-bellied Woodpecker (#34). I don't know how many times I have seen the rare (eBird designation) Red-bellied Woodpeckers in the arboretum in previous years. I may even have been the first person to see them in mid-winter several years ago and have been tracking their behaviour and the spread of their offspring into surrounding territory ever since. We have even [...]

By |2014-02-19T15:18:33-04:00February 19th, 2014|arboretum, birding, birds, green birding, mangeoires, patch, wildlife, winter|0 Comments

Mr Titmouse again – and friends

Another cold day tramping around on snowshoes did not bring us any new species for the year but we managed to re-acquaint ourselves again with the Tufted Titmouse as well to enjoy as a fly-by by a Red-tailed Hawk. Species for the day were  eleven in all and comprisedTufted Titmouse, Red-tailed Hawk, American tree Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, House Finch, Northern cardinal, Downy Woodpecker, Euro-Starling, Black-capped Chickadee, Dark-eyed Junco, Blue Jay. Nice to get out in the crisp snow after a [...]

By |2014-02-13T15:59:17-04:00February 13th, 2014|birding, birds, cold, MBO, wildlife, winter|0 Comments

Snow Buntings and Snowy Owls

Snow Bunting photographs are thrown into the mix today as well as photographs of eight from some of 11 Snowy Owls seen this morning thanks to the assistance of my friend Mark (thanks, Mark) who kindly acted as my guide this morning. Mark has been out looking at Snowy Owls and documenting their presence west of Montreal since the big influx started this winter and has then all well pinned down. So this was not [...]

By |2014-02-11T15:48:23-04:00February 11th, 2014|birding, birds, digiscoping, owls, snow, wildlife, winter|2 Comments

January’s 26 Bird Species – a summary

January is over and it has been a very cold month, cold even for Montreal, with lots of hard to walk on (and impossible to cycle on) ice. Nevertheless, within the patch - which is basically the areas I can walk, cycle or eventually canoe from home to Ste-Anne rapids, the Macdonald Campus and the Arboretum - we have turned up 26 species of birds without too much effort which gets us off to a [...]

By |2014-02-01T17:19:51-04:00February 1st, 2014|BIGBY, birding, birds, montreal, patch, wildlife|0 Comments