Greenbirding - A Journal

Occasional short observations - mostly (but not always) about wildlife and gardens

Greenbirding - A Journal/

“What a Dump!”

By | 2017-03-15T15:58:04+00:00 March 15th, 2017|birds, snow, winter|

Overnight we enjoyed 32cm of snow on the West Island which, according to Environment Canada, is almost three times the previous record for this date at a mere 12cm - and it's still snowing. No complaints, this is Quebec and we have proper winters here, but it is also half way through March, the snow was melting, snowdrops were poking their heads out and birds were returning ... rather too early it seems. A couple [...]

Far too soon for White-throated Sparrows ??

By | 2017-05-01T16:46:09+00:00 February 6th, 2017|birding, birds, migration, Uncategorized|

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 [...]

Bird Artist – introducing a friend

By | 2017-05-01T16:46:57+00:00 February 5th, 2017|art, birding, birds|

I'd like to take the opportunity of introducing readers to an artist friend of ours who is doing some really splendid watercolour work from her studio in deepest Nova Scotia. Sandra's just put up a website that tells you all about her work. What we particularly like is that her art is based on real, live birds that she has seen herself. She has a few prints available for sale at a most reasonable price [...]

Music sharing test

By | 2017-01-23T18:27:19+00:00 January 23rd, 2017|audio|

This is an experimental post to check out a new means of sharing music on my website.  This randomly selected sample track is actually streaming from Spotify which, I have to say, is an excellent streaming service. The point of the experiment is that the audio quality should be MUCH better than most of the alternatives which apply compression to audio files (yes, Facebook, I am looking at you). I don't expect to be using this often - [...]

Snowshoe birds

By | 2017-01-07T14:53:33+00:00 January 7th, 2017|birds, green birding, greenbirding, snow, Uncategorized, winter|

This morning saw us setting forth for the first time this winter on snowshoes in beautiful -16C sunshine to do our scheduled shift at the MBO filling up the bird feeders. This is quite the highlight of our winter activities with sun, snow, birds and nobody else around. There was still ice from the freezing rain of mid-week on the trees and it was glistening in the light. Nothing special in the way of birds other [...]

Bird Trends (Hudson CBC 1986-2015)

By | 2016-12-31T17:58:36+00:00 December 31st, 2016|Uncategorized|

Prompted by the arrival in my inbox of the preliminary count data from the 2016 Hudson Christmas Bird Count and it being a bit chilly outside today - to say nothing of windy and with snow falling - I thought to myself, what better to be doing on New Year's Eve than to crunch some numbers. I think people will find this interesting - at least, the sort of people I know :) So - [...]

On the naming of Larks (and a day of CBC-ing)

By | 2016-12-28T18:37:37+00:00 December 28th, 2016|birding, birds, cold, winter|

Photographs follow further down   Yesterday was the 76th Hudson Christmas Bird Count and J and I were out all day counting birds on our usual route. I'll get to the day report shortly but first want to ask you to Consider the Horned Lark. Why? Because we found something interesting and I think it will interest you also and encourage you to look more closely at the next group you happen upon. After we [...]

Change of Venue

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

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.

Better than Santa

By | 2016-12-24T15:23:45+00:00 December 24th, 2016|literature|

This mid-winter festival business is a bit of a mish-mash these days. Christmas, Hannukah, Holidays, Solstice etc etc but all centered aorund the time of the winter solstice and the hope of returning spring (eventually). Hence we have a Winter Tree instead of a Christmas Tree but other wise it’s the same tinsel and glass balls. It’s easy to find alternatives to the Chritian icons if, like us, you just do “something at mid-winter”, but [...]

Feederwatch 2016/17 begins – 14 species

By | 2016-11-14T15:29:08+00:00 November 14th, 2016|birding, birds, feeders, feederwatch, garden, Uncategorized|

Unless something really unusual turns up over the winter we won't be posting weekly Feederwatch updates here, but thought it interesting to at least share the first recordings of the annual season. We scored 14 species, most of them regulars but worthy of note is the continuing presence of a small flock of House Finches accompanied by a solitary female Purple Finch and the presence of a White-throated Sparrow. WTSparrows have usually gone by this date [...]