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6 09, 2017

Sunflower bees

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

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 [...]

4 09, 2017

September Caterpillars

By | 2017-09-04T13:09:54+00:00 September 4th, 2017|caterpillar, garden, moths|0 Comments

The weather has cooled off considerably, yesterday was steady rain all day and today is humid ... and suddenly we are noticing fat caterpillars. here are a couple that are quite interesting, and in the case of one really spectacular. The flashy one is the yellow. hairy chap heading this post. He was crawling across a rough stone wall surrounding a Japanese Acer and going at quite some speed. I am fairly sure this [...]

30 08, 2017

Logos

By | 2017-08-30T19:04:55+00:00 August 30th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Most readers will have deduced that this site is allied to the Sparroworks "empire" and so will be fascinated to learn that we now have an alternative logo for use when circumstances are suitable. The main logo remains the simple bird to the right, the new one is the featured image at the head of the post.        

30 08, 2017

Importing and Consolidating

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

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 [...]

24 08, 2017

Big, Sad Bug

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

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 [...]

23 08, 2017

Northern Crescents and Trail Maps

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

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 [...]

18 08, 2017

Grand Manan/Fundy 2017 – #6: Dawn light, Puffins, Seals and Turnstones

By | 2017-08-18T22:10:57+00:00 August 18th, 2017|birding, birds, landscape, photography|3 Comments

SO … Finally, the chapter you have all been waiting for. We’ve had Whales and Owls and scenic views and 30,000 Sandpipers but now, at last, we have PUFFINS. Very much the target species for quite a few of the group. You asked, and we deliver. This last day of the tour was a very early start … dawn was still breaking as the boat left the harbour (just feast [...]

17 08, 2017

Grand Manan/Fundy 2017 – #5: Burrowing Owl, Nelson’s Sparrow, a Forest, Indian Pipes & Misty Cliffs

By | 2017-08-17T14:25:55+00:00 August 17th, 2017|birds, butterflies, flowers, landscape|1 Comment

This is the penultimate chapter in the account of island life. There will be a later addendum account of some interesting plants recorded, but for the birders and whalers we finish tomorrow with PUFFINS. Wednesday was a fascinating mix of good things, so there is a quite an eclectic mix here for you to enjoy. Stating with a visit to a saltmarsh reserve (Castalia Marsh) on the eastern shore of the island where a [...]

16 08, 2017

Grand Manan/Fundy 2017 – #4: Seabirds, Whales (and Rick Mercer)

By | 2017-08-16T12:49:31+00:00 August 16th, 2017|birds, flowers, landscape|1 Comment

(The Puffins are coming - just not today.) This was a BIG day with lots happening. Tuesday had been forecast from a week beforehand to be wet - usually that means one of the days either side will be wet instead, but as the date approached it became clear rain really was in our future. The scheduled trip that day was to Machias Island for Puffins and Seals but fortunately Quest managed to renegotiate [...]

15 08, 2017

Grand Manan/Fundy 2017 – #3: Blacks Harbour and first seabirds

By | 2017-08-15T20:42:27+00:00 August 15th, 2017|birding, birds, flowers|0 Comments

This is a shorter piece and a somewhat quieter day before we get to the half-day "pelagic" trip that I will recount - with many photographs - tomorrow. After that? We have a Burrowing Owl waiting for you ... yes, in New Brunswick! Stick with us. After the Sandpipers on Monday morning (see yesterday’s post) we passed a few hours in driving from the Moncton area down to St-John and beyond there to Black’s Harbour [...]