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Fledgling Alert June 07 2018, 0 Comments

They’re out there now. Full of attitude and completely gormless — you’ll see them staggering around a neighbourhood near you soon. No, not zombies — baby crows. I’ve seen several fledgling crows on our dog walks lately. A lot of them have been taking shelter at the edge of roads, sometimes wedged between parked cars … Continue reading Fledgling Alert

Corvid Clarity June 03 2018, 0 Comments

  How can you tell if it’s a crow or a raven? This is a question that often comes up in my email and social media. There are a lot of excellent resources to help out with this (more on these later) — but I thought I’d try my hand at the explanation too, based … Continue reading Corvid Clarity

Crow Photo Tips May 25 2018, 1 Comment

I’ve been meaning to write this post for months … possibly years. I’m often asked about my photography — what kind of equipment I use, lighting and so on — so I naturally I thought I’d blog about it. Starting a new post is a bit like deciding the angle from which you will dive … Continue reading Crow Photo Tips

Nesting News May 17 2018, 0 Comments

In our local Crowlandia we’re ricocheting between serenity and stress. Suspense is the name of the game as eggs and hatchlings start to fill the nests. Most days it’s seems really very peaceful. The crows maintain an uncharacteristic hush behind leafy screens, quietly guarding their nests. In April, it was possible to see a pair … Continue reading Nesting News

Ordinary Days April 26 2018, 0 Comments

Some days there are no ravens. Most days really. And there are no spare minutes to go swanning off after bluebirds. There are days that are just endless paper jamming — waiting on hold — stuck in traffic — number crunching — brain numbing — is it over yet? — sorts of days. At these times … Continue reading Ordinary Days

Special Days April 25 2018, 0 Comments

Some days there are ravens. Some days, there are even mountain bluebirds. When such things miraculously appear in my own urban neighbourhood I tend to (if at all possible) just drop everything and follow them. I’ve been ridiculously lucky for the past two weekends. It was the raven the weekend before last. She hung around … Continue reading Special Days

In Anticipation of Spring April 20 2018, 0 Comments

The weather forecast says it’s going to be WARM next week. Can it be true? At our house we are skeptical, a bit like wet West Coast versions of the winter-traumatized Canadians in this video from the Rick Mercer Show. But the robin in our garden seems to be getting ready for something special, so … Continue reading In Anticipation of Spring

Crow Murder (Attempted) April 17 2018, 0 Comments

In contrast to the rather peaceful imagery of Crow Calligraphy, where corvid nesting behaviour evoked the peaceful strokes of Japanese brush painting — this post is more Sam Peckinpah meets Hieronymus Bosch. I usually don’t like the term “murder” to describe a group of crows. Rather prejudicial, I always think. In the case of this gathering, … Continue reading Crow Murder (Attempted)

Crow Calligraphy April 13 2018, 0 Comments

It’s that time of year again. Most of the local crows seem to have suddenly become enrolled in some sort of corvid witness protection program. The normally gregarious garden visitors, and dog-walk-followers, are suddenly either absent altogether, or shifty and secretive. It’s nesting time, and I’m resigned to not seeing so much of Marvin and … Continue reading Crow Calligraphy

Raven Tutor March 30 2018, 0 Comments

Well, obviously the ravens of East Vancouver did not think much of my raven language skills! The very morning I published Learning to Speak Raven, they sent a tutor to teach me some new phrases. I could hear the crows fussing and a raven making some sounds I’d never heard before as soon as I … Continue reading Raven Tutor

Learning to Speak Raven March 29 2018, 0 Comments

How I’d love to stumble across and old English/Raven dictionary in a thrift shop. Or be able to take a Conversational Raven online course. My husband is currently refreshing his Spanish skills using such an app. I can imagine him repeating Spanish phrases in one corner of the house, and me practicing my “knocking call” in … Continue reading Learning to Speak Raven

Crow Conversations March 18 2018, 0 Comments

Marvin and Mavis stopped by for a chat over the garden fence yesterday. I reliably see them each morning when they stop by for a breakfast snack of peanuts and kibble. They’re usually in an “eat and run” mood at that time day, being hungry and having  a full crow-tinterary ahead of them. Occasionally they … Continue reading Crow Conversations

Home Décor For Nature Lovers March 16 2018, 1 Comment

“Slightly Ransacked” might be the best way to describe the look of our house. Some people call it “charming” or “eclectic,” but I know they’re only being kind. Clearly, I am quite unqualified to offer serious home décor tips. With that in mind, please consider the following post to be, not so much a design … Continue reading Home Décor For Nature Lovers

Snow Birds February 25 2018, 0 Comments

Already it seems as if we might just have dreamed it. Once upon a time, one Saturday morning in February, we woke up in a crystal palace. A thick and flawless blanket of snow had fallen silently through the Vancouver night. The sun had come out. Everything looked like a fairy tale. The landscape itself … Continue reading Snow Birds

Crow vs Grackle February 16 2018, 0 Comments

You may remember that in my recent blog post Consider the Grackle … I wondered, given how smart both crows and grackles are, what would happen if both species lived in the same place. Would they squabble, co-operate, avoid each other, form an alliance overthrow humanity, …? If you were wondering too, read on ….. My first thought, … Continue reading Crow vs Grackle

Last Call at Still Creek February 14 2018, 0 Comments

Crow roost visiting as therapy — I’m not sure it will catch on as a mainstream practice, but it works for me. The first time I went to the Still Creek crow roost was about ten years  ago. I’d recently received some bad news and, having moped about for a few days,  felt the need … Continue reading Last Call at Still Creek

Consider the Grackle … February 01 2018, 0 Comments

You see a loud, smart, black bird, hanging around with his gang of mates, giving you fearless looks, and constantly rummaging through the garbage (or your picnic) for a snack. Must be a crow, right? Or at least a corvid relation? But no, the grackle isn’t even distantly related to the crow. It’s a member … Continue reading Consider the Grackle …

Crow Stories January 19 2018, 0 Comments

This post will have stories … about crows … eventually. But first, I wanted to share a few thoughts that have been rolling around in my head about the idea of “story.” Mostly I look at the world in a visual way. I’m a photographer, so I’m always looking for shapes, colours, light, shade, textures … Continue reading Crow Stories

Dog’s Life and A New Year Wish December 31 2017, 0 Comments

May your 2018 be just like this. It’s just a quick photo, taken with my phone on a walk in the Seymour Demonstration Forest earlier this week. It captures one second in a dog’s life. In this moment, he is completely happy. He is with his people, in the woods, off-leash, with snow (Geordie’s favourite), … Continue reading Dog’s Life and A New Year Wish

Christmas Address December 24 2017, 0 Comments

It used to be just Edgar who used to offer up, Queen-like, his pithy Christmas thoughts, but this year we’ve got a bit of clamour of creatures willing to share their musings for 2017. I’ve told them all they’ll need to be brief if we’re going to fit everyone in. EDGAR GEORDIE MARVIN & MAVIS THE … Continue reading Christmas Address

A Christmas Miracle – with Crows! December 22 2017, 0 Comments

This little story has everything — lost dogs, snow, mystery, love, determination, teamwork, social media and Geordie the wonder dog. But crows are the real heroes of the story! I had planned a quiet day of wrapping and baking.  I have had the ingredients to make stollen bread for three years now, and not a … Continue reading A Christmas Miracle – with Crows!

Crow Gossip November 10 2017, 0 Comments

Just in case you tire of human news, here’s a “celebrity profile” of a different sort. I’m not sure “who” this up-and-coming power couple are wearing this fall. Their lives seem to be pretty scandal-free, although you’d have to listen to the roost rumours to be sure of that. Politically, I’d say they’re pretty apathetic … Continue reading Crow Gossip

Collecting Hidden Beauty November 02 2017, 0 Comments

Sometimes, on my walks, I like to play a little game. I call it Alleyway to Art Gallery. Something catches my eye —  a piece of rust, moss on a worn fence, a shattered windshield,  even some crumpled paper floating in the gutter. At that moment, in that light, it is astonishing. That’s how the … Continue reading Collecting Hidden Beauty

A Puzzlement of Crows October 20 2017, 0 Comments

It’s taken me a ridiculous length of time to get to this simple little blog . I’m just trying to update you on the WHO, WHAT and WHERE of the local crow families. But it’s complicated! I tried writing it all in words and it was confusing even me, so I decided we needed a … Continue reading A Puzzlement of Crows