Greenbirding - A Journal

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

Greenbirding - A Journal/
14 08, 2017

Grand Manan/Fundy 2017 – #2: Sandpipers and Flowerpots and a Reversing River

By | 2017-08-14T18:13:37+00:00 August 14th, 2017|birding, birds, summer|6 Comments

If you are here for the Puffins, they will be appearing in considerable number (and in video) in the last post of this series :) ... but today we offer you spectacular video of 30,000 Sandpipers instead. The week started in Moncton and along the coast of the upper Fundy Bay - perhaps the muddiest place on the planet. Moncton is not a scenic city but it does have a very, very good seafood [...]

13 08, 2017

Grand Manan/Fundy 2017 – Prologue

By | 2017-08-13T11:40:58+00:00 August 13th, 2017|birding, birds, butterflies, insects, landscape|6 Comments

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, [...]

25 07, 2017

Nerds Corner …

By | 2017-07-30T11:25:52+00:00 July 25th, 2017|biology, nomenclature|0 Comments

Idle Thoughts … on the common naming of plants and animals. Life needs rules - trust me, it does.   As we all know, it is standard practice to capitalise the common names of birds (because not all blue birds are Bluebirds) but we generally don’t do so for plants. Thus Blue Jay and not blue jay. The media mostly ignore this convention, but the media are wrong to do so. If using Latin names [...]

6 07, 2017

Feeling Bitter

By | 2017-08-12T17:55:52+00:00 July 6th, 2017|culture|4 Comments

Twenty years ago when we left England we brought with us a pretty large bottle of Angostura Bitters, an essential component of any gentleman’s armamentarium. It isn’t used that often, when it is used it’s only a splash at a time but when you need a Pink Gin, a Manhatten or an Old Fashioned then nothing else will do … even when you are the designated driver a dash of AB in a bottle of [...]

24 06, 2017

On Not Dipping a Dipper (and finding a career)

By | 2017-06-24T21:42:22+00:00 June 24th, 2017|birds|1 Comment

It struck me some time ago that books by birders seem to be obliged to include a section about how the author got into birding in the first place … why should I be different? You always wanted to know this didn't you? Well ... My father and grandfather were both engineers. They understood science, and observation and the experimental processes but had little idea about matters biological that could be pursued in the fresh air. [...]

18 06, 2017

Hello. Is there anybody there?

By | 2017-06-18T11:22:09+00:00 June 18th, 2017|comment|0 Comments

I think that I am slightly more au fait with electronica than many people and am rarely fazed by a bit of software or the need to tweak a website ... but last night I was brought up short. I have a minor complaint about a "new feature" being served up via the CBC News live streaming app on my Apple TV box and wanted to ask the gnomes in charge what the heck they [...]

14 06, 2017

Good Neighbours?

By | 2017-08-12T17:43:43+00:00 June 14th, 2017|birds, books|0 Comments

We often have a tendency to believe that other species, and birds in particular, live lives of peace and goodwill to all other creatures. Quite unlike we wicked humans. Not so, not at all so. I happened upon the following account of the home life of Cliff Swallows while re-reading Colin Tudge’s excellent book, The Secret Life of Birds. Here is the real community spirit of our avian friends … (quote): The sexual and social [...]

4 06, 2017

A “Garden in the Forest” – Part 2

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

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 [...]

27 05, 2017

Arboretum birding (with photographs)

By | 2017-08-12T17:45:12+00:00 May 27th, 2017|arboretum, birds|0 Comments

Towards the end of April, Chris and led a birding field trip in the arboretum for members of Bird Protection Quebec that turned out to be stunningly successful with slightly over 50 species seen ... which for April, when the snows have barely departed, is exceptionally successful. Today we repeated the exercise for members of the Arboretum itself (we do this every year towards the end of May) timed to coincide reasonably well with peak [...]

25 05, 2017

Making a “Garden in the Forest”

By | 2017-05-25T19:21:10+00:00 May 25th, 2017|arboretum|2 Comments

I have been involved this spring in a wonderful volunteer project in the Arboretum ... we are creating a new trail (which I won't spoil for you here, there will be an official announcement and unveiling later in the year) and alongside it a small group of us are creating a "Garden in the Forest". It's a lot of fun, really, despite the complaints from my back and the ever hungry mosquitoes. The garden is [...]