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Greenbirding - A Journal

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

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Mixed Ducks at the end of the road

By | 2013-11-21T17:03:16+00:00 November 21st, 2013|Uncategorized|

  After the morning Long-tailed Ducks (see the posting that preceded this one) we felt the need of a walk after lunch. Returning from the morning birding I had noticed from the car some "small duck" in the river beside Macdonald Campus so we walked down there to see what was still about. St-Lawrence river from Macdonald Campus looking downriver towards Montreal - where the ducks were. A very nice collection of assorted [...]

More Long-tails

By | 2013-11-21T13:12:09+00:00 November 21st, 2013|birding, birds|

A very handsome male Long-tailed Duck was seen yesterday with the group i visited a couple of days ago so I thought I would try to find him. The strong winds have died down and apart from twenty or so Mallards and a lone pair of Canada Geese everyone else seems to have moved on.  However, I persevered and managed to winkle out a couple of well separated females, but not a sign of the [...]

Five Long-tailed Ducks

By | 2013-11-19T13:22:45+00:00 November 19th, 2013|Uncategorized|

  Thanks to tip offs from two birding friends (thanks Mark and Wayne) I decided that as the site lies “just” inside my pale green wildlife circle it was acceptable for me to get out the car to go and check out the pair of Long-tailed Ducks (aka 'Oldsquaw') that have been seen in the waters off l'Anse Vaudreuil for a few days. These are smart, black and white ducks that breed in the very [...]

A Scoop of Scaup

By | 2013-11-18T15:45:30+00:00 November 18th, 2013|birding, birds|

  A bit to the east of us and on the southern shore of Montreal Island is Vallois Bay.  It is overlooked by expensive houses and tall apartment blocks but each fall it shelters large rafts of migrating waterfowl.  Yesterday, I was told there were about 3000 birds on the water and so decided to take a look for myself. Only partially a good decision.  Yesterday the American mid-west had tornadoes caused by a fast [...]

Up in the rankings

By | 2013-11-17T20:37:27+00:00 November 17th, 2013|birding, birds, listing, patch|

  In order to encourage birders to send in their sightings, the people at eBird run a little, relaxed on-line league table of Yard-lists and Patch lists for each province, state or county. Encouraged by posting earlier today by a friend and ace birder living not far away (thanks Mark) I thought to check this out and found, somewhat to my surprise, that I am unwittingly doing quite respectably well in the Quebec "challenge" ... [...]

A “BRY,” a Bigby and some nice ducks

By | 2013-11-16T16:54:20+00:00 November 16th, 2013|birding, birds|

A bit more text than usual - feel free to skip and scroll down to the majority of the photographs. There really is no end to a wildlife year, but sunny and relatively warm as today is there is a definite expectation in the air that winter is coming fast and things will turn white before too long. A friend in Calgary reports a blizzard there this morning and a forecast -15C by the end [...]

Cold day with some birds

By | 2013-11-12T15:51:04+00:00 November 12th, 2013|arboretum, birds, Trees|

Last night was the first really cold (about -6degC) snap and there were even a few unexpected snow flakes this morning.  Took a turn in the arboretum to look at trees blown down in the recent wind-storm and see what was about ... Pileated Woodpecker, Junco, Blue Jay, Canada Geese, Am Robins, White-breasted Nuthatch. Photos from the walk ...

Blue Jay

By | 2013-11-11T17:41:53+00:00 November 11th, 2013|birding, birds|

A small gang of three young Blue Jay's were foraging about this morning.  At this time of year, the new crop of BLJAs often go about in groups like this, causing trouble and making a row.  Very appealing bird to look at however:

Project Feederwatch – thoughts on week one

By | 2013-11-10T18:59:24+00:00 November 10th, 2013|birding, feederwatch|

This weekend was the start of the 2013-14 Feederwatch season - and for anyone not familiar with this Citizen Science program, it is described at the Bird Studies Canada's website thus: Project FeederWatch is a joint program of Bird Studies Canada and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. It is a winter-long survey of birds that visit feeders at backyards, nature centers, community areas, and other locales in North America. FeederWatchers periodically count the birds they [...]

Wolf Spider

By | 2013-11-09T17:34:29+00:00 November 9th, 2013|spiders|

Didn't have to go far to find this fellow - last week we brought in dahlia and canna lily bulbs/tubers from the garden.  While preparing the canna lily for winter, J found a large and a hairy spider amongst them.  Rather a fine specimen, getting on for 2 inches across. Impossible to tell its colour though - as you will see from the photos that follow, on a white background it looked brown but on [...]