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Where’s George? April 22 2017, 0 Comments

We spent our Earth Day morning mounting a small neighbourhood search for George. From late summer to spring, George and Mabel come by our garden several times a day without fail. Then, one day each spring, they just seem to disappear. They don’t come to the house.  They don’t greet me on my dog walks. I’ve noticed this … Continue reading Where’s George?

Nesting Instinct April 13 2017, 0 Comments

It was just like a door-crasher sale for crows, with home furnishings 50% off. Like a gang of bargain bin foragers, they created an explosion of tugging, flapping, snapping, inspecting and discarding.  Reject twigs littered the sidewalk. In spite of the massive effort involved in finally getting a stick free, the crows would often cast a critical look at … Continue reading Nesting Instinct

Possibility of Spring March 31 2017, 0 Comments

This wasn’t supposed to be a blog-writing day, but I feel I have some “stop press” news that must be shared, along with photographic evidence. I almost hesitate to share this wild idea, but I think there is a small chance that … dare I even speak the thought? … spring might have arrived. I … Continue reading Possibility of Spring

Correspondence February 20 2017, 0 Comments

Later this week I will have sent myself “via airmail” to my home town of Newcastle upon Tyne in northern England. I’ll be there for the opening of Spring Show at The Biscuit Factory Gallery, where a series of my bird images, entitled Correspondence, will be exhibited. CORRESPONDENCE: letters sent or received So many airmail letters, cards, and pressed … Continue reading Correspondence

George and Mabel – A Love Story February 09 2017, 0 Comments

They say that crows usually mate for life.  George and Mabel have certainly stuck together through good, and some very bad, times — so, in honour of Valentine’s Day, here is their story. I wrote about some of their trials and tribulations about a year ago in the blog post George’s Tough Year. This is … Continue reading George and Mabel – A Love Story

Buckets of Birds January 31 2017, 0 Comments

On the way to the Women’s march on January 21 I saw a crow flying in front of me. She dropped a piece of food she’d been carrying and it fell through the air for a couple of feet before she casually swooped down and caught it. Clever, I thought. Then I watched as she … Continue reading Buckets of Birds

Winter Hummingbird December 14 2016, 0 Comments

This fluffed up little female Anna’s hummingbird seems to have opted to over-winter in Vancouver. She may be wishing that she’d booked her winter getaway in the fall …but too late now. She’s here for the winter, and I feel committed to help her make it to spring. I was horrified last week, the day we were rushing to … Continue reading Winter Hummingbird

Birth of An Urban Nature Enthusiast October 28 2016, 0 Comments

Pardon the rather overwrought title, but it’s true; an elementary school “Nature Collection” assignment changed my life. It was also, at the age of 7, my first bitter taste of academic failure. On the face of it, it was a rather fun assignment — go out into nature and make a collection of pods, seed and leaves … Continue reading Birth of An Urban Nature Enthusiast

Forest Bathing October 19 2016, 0 Comments

Sometimes a little dip into nature does the trick, but sometimes, nothing short of full woodland immersion is going to work. Most days my spirits can be revived by a quick dog walk round the block, appreciating the changing leaves, a bit of moss here and there. The crows, of course. Last week though — I’m … Continue reading Forest Bathing

The Crow Calendar is Coming September 30 2016, 0 Comments

You may (or may not) have been wondering where in the blogosphere I’ve gotten to for the last few months. Well, puppy training is surprisingly time consuming … and then there has been my City Crow Calendar project. The puppy training and the cat/dog peace treaty are both, by the way, going well. But for a while it looked as if … Continue reading The Crow Calendar is Coming

Re-collection July 08 2016, 0 Comments

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The Dog and Crow June 06 2016, 0 Comments

Sounds like the perfect name for an English Pub. I like to think there is one somewhere, and that I’ll enjoy a pint there one day. But for today it’s a just good title for my blog. A new dog is a lot of fun, but so much work. Not a single blog post has been written … Continue reading The Dog and Crow

Gone To The Dogs May 13 2016, 0 Comments

This week I was going write a blog post with an update on the nesting crows. There were a lot of things I planned to do this week. But everything has gone to the dogs. Well, THE dog. Our house has been dogless for over two years, since Molly, the last of the brother and sister … Continue reading Gone To The Dogs

Hug a Crow This Earth Day April 22 2016, 0 Comments

Not literally, of course. Crow hugging is fraught with peril at the best of times, but especially in spring when nesting season has them a bit tense. But I do suggest that you give the crow (or pick your favourite bird, plant, patch of moss or mollusk) a special thought today. It’s Earth Day so, ideally, … Continue reading Hug a Crow This Earth Day

The Colour of Crows March 30 2016, 0 Comments

Crows and ravens are generally (and understandably) described as birds with black plumage. It is their darkness that allows them to grace the sky with such striking calligraphy. Formal sentences composed on wires; more fluid, improvisational characters when taking to the air. But it’s so much more complicated, and beautiful, than that. Crow and raven feathers are … Continue reading The Colour of Crows

Plot Twist March 08 2016, 0 Comments

Sometimes you start reading a book, and it takes you somewhere you had no idea you were going. I have a weakness for vintage natural history books, so I was quite thrilled to find this treasure on the shelves of a used bookstore in Nanaimo a while ago. I was immediately taken with the lovely … Continue reading Plot Twist

Hop-Along Hank February 18 2016, 0 Comments

Sometimes I wonder if there’s a crow memo circulating, directing slightly invalided birds to my place. There’s George Brokenbeak and also Hop-Along Hank. Hank walks with a limp because of a problem with his right foot that he’s had for as long as I’ve known him. Flying is no problem for him, but I can spot … Continue reading Hop-Along Hank

Crows with broken beaks February 08 2016, 0 Comments

Originally posted on Corvid Research:
It hurts to look at.  The physical pain incurred at the time of the injury, the likely chronic pain on the path to recovery, the dubious chance of survival, it all makes me reach for my mouth in horror when I see this bird.  To me, the idea of living on…

Black and White World January 26 2016, 0 Comments

  I love colour. I really do love colour. But there is something very beautiful in a landscape stripped down to shades of black and white. Stark and simple. Here’s a little photo essay on a lovely world almost devoid of colour.                        

Ghost Raven January 20 2016, 0 Comments

Whenever I go up into the mountains I’m hoping to see ravens. They are actually part of my fitness program. If I ever feel like just sitting all day at the computer, I remind myself that if I don’t keep my knees in working order, I won’t be able to get up those mountains and … Continue reading Ghost Raven

George in Action January 03 2016, 0 Comments

George, cloaked in frost, uses his partial beak to scoop up some peanuts. A little video addendum to my earlier blog post: George’s Tough Year

George’s Tough Year January 03 2016, 0 Comments

I would describe George’s 2015 as “catastrophic”. Still, there are lessons to be learned from his persistence. His year has been so awful, it’s taken me a while to prepare myself to tell the story, and look again at some of the images. George appeared in my garden about midway through the long, hot, dry summer last year. … Continue reading George’s Tough Year

In Praise of Early Mornings December 01 2015, 0 Comments

Insomnia can be a drag. I don’t think I’ve actually had a really solid night’s sleep since my first child was born almost 26 years ago. First of all it’s the usual – feeding, teething, nightmares. Then it becomes a habit to wake up every few hours. After that, the teenage years come to keep … Continue reading In Praise of Early Mornings

The Gift November 10 2015, 0 Comments

Gifts are something we start thinking about at this time of year. We fret about finding perfect gifts for the people in our life. Free gifts and special offers abound. Things can, and often do, get kind of crazy. By December it’s hard to see the wood for the Christmas trees, vis a vis why we’re doing … Continue reading The Gift