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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

MOTUS Tower

This old windmill water pump has been repurposed and now holds some high tech equipment for tracking migrating birds that have been fitted with responders – modern bird banding


  • Aperture: ƒ/4
  • Camera: DSC-RX10M3
  • Taken: 19 March, 2020
  • Exposure bias: +7/10EV
  • Focal length: 39.42mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/500s
By |2020-03-19T12:10:32-04:00March 19th, 2020|Landscape|0 Comments

Birch Alley

Paper Birch Tree

In the arboretum there is a long line of birch trees originally collected from each of the Canadian provinces and territories. Ostensibly all the same species they exhibit interesting differences.


  • Aperture: ƒ/4
  • Camera: DSC-RX10M3
  • Taken: 7 March, 2020
  • Exposure bias: +7/10EV
  • Focal length: 38.04mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/320s
By |2020-03-07T14:29:40-05:00March 7th, 2020|arboretum, Seasons, trees|0 Comments

Winter Bluebird

Unexpected Visitors

A small flock of eight Eastern Bluebirds spent 20 miniutes feeding on rowan berries in the garden on a clear, sunny January afternoon with temperatures of -16C (-27C with windchill). They are “supposed” to be far away to the south in warmer places than this. Gorgeous little birds.

More pictures on our other website at sparroworks.ca


  • Aperture: ƒ/4
  • Camera: DSC-RX10M3
  • Taken: 17 January, 2020
  • Exposure bias: +7/10EV
  • Focal length: 220mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Shutter speed: 1/250s
By |2020-01-17T15:38:25-05:00January 19th, 2020|birds, garden|1 Comment
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