Greenbirding - A Journal

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

Greenbirding - A Journal/

Weaving a web

By | 2013-09-29T15:01:42+00:00 September 29th, 2013|insects, spiders, Uncategorized|

We were fortunate today to come across an orb-web spider weaver her web under perfect lighting conditions and so, not being any sort of a hurry, decided to take the time to make a video recording of the fascinating process. When we arrived, the framework (spokes and guy-lines) were already in place and she was going round and round adding the spiral that will trap her meals.  The whole process took less than 15 minutes [...]


By | 2013-09-27T16:18:23+00:00 September 27th, 2013|birding, Uncategorized|

Had to walk down to Ste-Anne's this morning on a boring but unavoidable task so we later wandered out beyond the locks to see what was happening on the river.  The trees are starting to change colour and the sun is set to shine for several days so things looked good - of course, as this was a "business" trip I only had the iPhone camera substitute with me.  Anyway ... On the little islet [...]

A new area to bird

By | 2013-09-24T14:41:24+00:00 September 24th, 2013|amphibians, birding, mammals, Uncategorized|

Up betimes (as they say) and out for a morning spent in the welcome company of Joel Coutu walking the fields and copses just to the south of Cap-St-Jacques nature park and east of the Anse-a-l'Orme nature park within my wildlife circle. A very interesting area indeed - primarily abandoned and now unfarmed fields with overgrown hedges and some small copses with more extensive woodland where it abuts the Anse-a-l'Orme park. Quite hard going as [...]

Spider luncheon

By | 2013-09-20T15:49:47+00:00 September 20th, 2013|insects, Uncategorized|

This was rather interesting. We came upon an orb-web spider that was starting work on a bumble-bee that it had caught in its web - the bee was certainly, when alive, larger and heavier than the spider so this is going to make a substantial meal and it certainly made for some striking images. A bit of information for those of a non-entomological background ... (quote from the fascinating site): What makes spider feeding especially interesting [...]

Preparatory outing

By | 2013-09-16T19:21:22+00:00 September 16th, 2013|birding, birds, Uncategorized|

Not enough free time right now still to get serious about this - but an afternoon visit to the Cap-St-Jacques nature park today in fresh temperatures and warm sunshine was delightfully free of "people".  Clearly, NOT going at weekends avoids the hoi polloi and makes the wildlifing experience much more pleasant.  This is the big benefit of retirement I think. Found a small island in the river off the park with a flock of warblers caterpillering [...]

Birds along the riverside – Labour Day weekend

By | 2013-09-01T11:58:59+00:00 September 1st, 2013|birding, birds, Uncategorized|

A hot and steamy day, but last night we noticed duck along the river so this morning I set off to the end of our road to see what was about. Nota  great deal was the answer.  This is the Labour Day weekend and the river is full of people in fast boats zipping back and forth and people in slow boats fishing and so most water birds have taken themselves off to sit the [...]

Really getting things started

By | 2013-08-31T18:32:29+00:00 August 31st, 2013|amphibians, flowers, insects, snakes, Uncategorized, wildlife|

Not a birding post - not a bird in sight. So, the previous posts on this blog were really just to get my hand in though if you are new to this site, which is probable as it has not been promoted prior to today, you might like to scroll down and look at the post just prior to this one for a really cute squirrel video. To begin at the begining - yesterday I [...]

Junior Squirrels

By | 2013-08-27T21:18:54+00:00 August 27th, 2013|squirrels, Uncategorized|

Not ready to go full time with this blog quite yet, but nevertheless, wildlife tends to thrust itself under your nose. A family of four junior red squirrels have emerged from a nest somewhere in our roof and are busy learning to be surviving squirrels in our garden fattening up in the process on the pine nuts etc in our trees Yesterday, three of them were gorging in the tree next to our deck. Really [...]

Redstart and red squirrel … and a “wow” bird

By | 2013-08-16T21:45:52+00:00 August 16th, 2013|birds, mammals, squirrels, Uncategorized, wildlife|

A busy day on Patch-HQ (aka the garden) today. First we have incontrovertible evidence that a red squirrel has raised a brood of five new red squirrels in our roof and have identified the front door to the nest.  We will let the rather small creatures get some independence and then eviction notices will be served and I will be up on the roof ensuring no returns are possible in future years.  Sadly, no photos. [...]