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Winter Birding

Birding any time of the year is good but somehow it is best in the winter – fewer birds, that’s true, but the ones you do see are the hardy sort and you get them to yourself without crowds on the trails.


  • Aperture: ƒ/4.9
  • Camera: DSC-RX100
  • Taken: 24 December, 2020
  • Exposure bias: +7/10EV
  • Focal length: 37.1mm
  • ISO: 160
  • Shutter speed: 1/100s
By |2020-12-24T14:45:24-05:00December 24th, 2020|birds, Landscape, people|0 Comments

Christmases Past – Tufted Titmouse

Tufted Titmouse

This unusual fellow appeared for a few very cool and snowy days over the Christmas period 2013/14 – he or she should have headed south but had fund some feeders and seemed to be quite content.


  • Aperture: ƒ/9
  • Camera: Canon EOS 7D
  • Taken: 2 January, 2014
  • Focal length: 400mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Shutter speed: 1/640s

By |2020-12-23T14:39:01-05:00December 23rd, 2020|birds, weather|0 Comments

New Lodger

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Thanks to climate change there have been a small number of these birds on the West Island for the past decade, mostly in the Arboretum. They are starting to spread out and claim new territory as winters get milder and where there is food available. They love feeders and peanuts. This lady arrived in the garden a few weeks ago and had=s now decided to become a resident with several visits each day.

This species is quite common down in the States but a real local rarity. The gods have smiled on us again.


  • Aperture: ƒ/4
  • Camera: DSC-RX10M3
  • Taken: 19 December, 2020
  • Focal length: 220mm
  • ISO: 500
  • Shutter speed: 1/250s
By |2020-12-19T14:36:18-05:00December 19th, 2020|Baie-D'Urfe, birds, garden|0 Comments

Peaceful Water

Quiet Morning with Geese

Three linked photographs today. The temperature has crept a degree or two above freezing so recent snow is melting and there is a misty haze in the air. The winds have dropped and the Geese are just floating around calmly. Just another beautiful morning in Baie-D’Urfé.


  • Aperture: ƒ/5.6
  • Camera: DSC-RX100
  • Taken: 27 November, 2020
  • Focal length: 25.32mm
  • ISO: 125
  • Shutter speed: 1/500s

By |2020-11-27T13:39:23-05:00November 27th, 2020|Baie-D'Urfe, birds, Landscape|1 Comment

Berries in Winter

Dark-eyed Junco

A raptor overflew the garden and suddenly there were dozens of small birds sheltering in the Viburnum bush near the house, hanging off the branches like Xmas ornaments. While waiting until it was safe to come out, this Junco found a berry to snack on.


  • Aperture: ƒ/4
  • Camera: DSC-RX10M3
  • Taken: 23 November, 2020
  • Focal length: 146.76mm
  • ISO: 640
  • Shutter speed: 1/250s

By |2020-11-23T15:20:26-05:00November 25th, 2020|Baie-D'Urfe, birds, garden|0 Comments

Why we are not tidy

Feeding the Birds

There is a growing awareness (still a long way to go) that tidying the garden as we go into winter is a bad thing to do. Leaving our garden “scruffy” until spring means that birds like these American Goldfinches can find something to eat without needing to rely on our feeders.

These birds were eating seeds from a small-flowered form of sunflower.


  • Aperture: ƒ/4
  • Camera: DSC-RX10M3
  • Taken: 22 November, 2020
  • Focal length: 183.43mm
  • ISO: 800
  • Shutter speed: 1/250s
By |2020-11-22T11:35:43-05:00November 22nd, 2020|Baie-D'Urfe, birds, garden|0 Comments

Red-bellied Woodpecker

This is turning into a very interesting birding start to winter – there was the Evening Grosbeak a few days ago in the garden, a recent visit by a Carolina Wren and then a couple of days ago a female Red-bellied Woodpecker put in an appearance. A rare bird this far north -, just a few in the arboretum really, and this is the first in the garden for quite a few years.

(Memory Sunday will be back next week – this was too good to miss sharing though)


  • Aperture: ƒ/4
  • Camera: DSC-RX10M3
  • Taken: 12 November, 2020
  • Focal length: 220mm
  • ISO: 800
  • Shutter speed: 1/250s
By |2020-11-15T07:59:19-05:00November 15th, 2020|Baie-D'Urfe, birds, garden|0 Comments
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