It is getting wintry around here, so a 'year tick' (in birding terms, a species of bird that you have not seen this year) is very welcome. Marsh Wren is considered to be mostly a transient or vagrant bird in Nova Scotia, with only a few actually nesting here. Added to that, they live deep… Continue reading Akimbo!
People who read the blog regularly know that I usually use Mark's or my own photographic references. Mark, in particular, takes excellent bird and wildlife shots and is very generous in allowing me to use them (if he knows what's good for him ;), that is!). I have only actually gone to a photo sharing… Continue reading Guest Photographer
Wild cats! Well, not really wild, although they are probably pretty miffed. Quite a few years ago, when we still lived on the outskirts of Montreal, we visited the Biodome at the old Montreal Olympic site. It's a pretty good use of the old Olympic velodome; basically a zoo but with different areas devoted to different… Continue reading Wild Cats
Northern Flickers are quite common in the garden at various times of the year. A form of woodpecker, they are usually to be found on the floor eating ants, rather than in a tree, or (more often than not), erupting from the ground in a flurry of wings and a bright white rump as they… Continue reading My Friend, Flicker
Back in 2014, when we were contemplating a move to (and retirement in) Nova Scotia, we made a lightening trip to the province to take a look and decide if it was a good idea. I had very little free time available so we made the drive from Quebec, in November (with an overnight stop in… Continue reading Grousing
Mark and I have long been interested in odonata, that is dragonflies and damselflies. Mark, in particular, will spend ages trying to capture specimens, either with a camera or actually physically in a net for closer viewing (it doesn't hurt the insects and they are released once identified and recorded). It's a good hobby for… Continue reading Here Be Dragons
There has been a brief hiatus in my postings, and in my art, due to us hosting visitors from the UK. Indeed, we have three additional separate groups coming over the next few months, so I expect my time available to paint will be pretty limited, but every visitor is welcome and much wanted! Before our last… Continue reading Roseate Tern