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Brambling* Around the Creepery Forest

Chris and I were leading a group of about 17 BPQ birders around the arboretum this morning. Lovely, bright morning but a good few degrees below zero and a distinct “winter is coming” feel to things. Brding was quiet, as expected, but we nothched up some 18 species (listed below) and everyone got some useful excercise. Roughly one species per person present which seems to be the mark of a sucessful birding trip. I [...]

By | 2017-11-12T17:38:05+00:00 November 12th, 2017|arboretum, birding, birds, BPQ, cold|2 Comments

Bird Observation Probabilities

The data provided to us by eBird is enormously helpful to birders but sometimes they don't supply just what you want to have. This being a cold and damp day, quite unsuitable for comfortable outdoor productive birding, I decided to see if I could extract some data I think would be particularly useful. So - here's the question. What is the probability of seeing species-X at site-Y in a given month or season? eBird don't [...]

By | 2017-11-05T15:36:12+00:00 November 5th, 2017|arboretum, BIGBY, birding, birds|0 Comments

Join us on an Autumn Walk in the Forest

A very mild and unusually wet year followed by a far too warm start to autumn and a few weeks of unexpected dry weather has played around with the arrival of the real, Quebec autumn colours in the trees which ought to have been past their peak by now but in fact are only this week starting to develop. This won't be an outstanding year for colour as we are anticipating leaves will fall [...]

By | 2017-10-20T23:03:37+00:00 October 19th, 2017|arboretum, autumn, birds|0 Comments

Searching for a Seat

I was "commissioned" to seek out and photograph a memorial seat recently placed in the Morgan Arboretum by Bird Protection Quebec as a memorial to Michael Spencer - naturalist, birder, arboretum denizen and one-time President of BPQ. All we knew was that it was "near the black walnuts". Well, mission accomplished ... and what a gorgeous place this is to have as your memorial. The black walnut trees are just north of the main trail [...]

By | 2017-09-30T23:04:36+00:00 September 30th, 2017|arboretum, autumn|1 Comment

Summer Conservation Project

I have spent much of this summer working with other volunteers from the Friends of the Morgan Arboretum to renovate and recreate a new trail in the Arboretum. It will be formally opened on Sunday. I thought readers of this journal would enjoy taking a short photographic walk along the trail and finding out why I have had such fun in excellent company. Follow the link below: http://www.greenbirding.ca/a-trail-garden-in-the-forest/  

By | 2017-09-18T15:13:15+00:00 September 18th, 2017|arboretum, conservation|0 Comments

A “Garden in the Forest” – Part 2

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:  http://www.greenbirding.ca/making-a-garden-in-the-forest/ 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 [...]

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

Arboretum birding (with photographs)

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 [...]

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

Making a “Garden in the Forest”

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 [...]

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

Arboretum addendum – with audio

While walking the Orange trail yesterday (see the previous post here for details and photographs) I was experimenting with recording bird songs using my iPhone and the Røde audio recording app. In the summer months there are lots of Red-eyed Vireos singing in the forest and I turned the microphone on what I thought was one just off the trail (I never saw it) and got a good, clear recording with frog croak accompaniment from [...]

By | 2017-05-18T17:17:24+00:00 May 18th, 2017|arboretum, audio, birds|0 Comments

Today in the Arboretum

What a difference a few days make at this time of the year ... here is the entrance to the Orange Trail just west of the Conservation Centre on 3 May and again today (17 May). The pictures below are of the same stretch of the trail at the same time of day. Last week we took a detailed walk around the Orange Trail specifically focussed on the ephemeral flowers that briefly show themselves in the [...]

By | 2017-05-17T17:50:20+00:00 May 17th, 2017|amphibians, arboretum, flowers|0 Comments