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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

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

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 …

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

Dishevelled Crows September 04 2017, 0 Comments

My mother had a storehouse of wonderful sayings — one for every occasion, really. If I was looking particularly unkempt (a look I actively cultivated in my hippy days, but that’s an entirely different story) she’d say I looked as if I’d been “dragged through a hedge backwards.” Sometimes, at the end of a particularly hard … Continue reading Dishevelled Crows

Night Owl August 19 2017, 0 Comments

Just a short follow-up to yesterday’s post, Owl Dreams. At 8pm last night, the barred owl was still in the tree in front of our house, sleeping peacefully. We took Geordie for his evening walk and he was still there when we got back, but his behaviour was changing. There was much more head movement … Continue reading Night Owl

Owl Dreams August 18 2017, 0 Comments

Some days just don’t go as planned, but in a good way. Today, for example, I had a number of studio tasks set out for the morning, all of which seemed very important — until the crows started going bonkers outside. I always try to go see what the crows are on about. It’s usually … Continue reading Owl Dreams

Noisy New Neighbours August 18 2017, 0 Comments

Watch for the last few seconds of this baby crow self-grooming video. I think he’s auditioning for his own show on Comedy Network.   It has been a bit quiet in the neighbourhood of late. That’s all changed with the advent of the corvid triplets. They do not keep their feeling to themselves. When hungry … Continue reading Noisy New Neighbours

Beat The Heat, Bird-Style August 01 2017, 0 Comments

It’s going to be a scorcher this week in Vancouver. The news is full of dire sunstroke warnings, and tips on how to beat the heat. The birds know what to do, and here is one of our backyard Northern Flickers to do a little demo for you. NOTE: In this hot dry weather, the … Continue reading Beat The Heat, Bird-Style

Beat The Heat, Bird-Style August 01 2017, 0 Comments

It’s going to be a scorcher this week in Vancouver. The news is full of dire sunstroke warnings, and tips on how to beat the heat. The birds know what to do, and here is one of our backyard Northern Flickers to do a little demo for you. NOTE: In this hot dry weather, the … Continue reading Beat The Heat, Bird-Style

Flicker Family Saga – Part Two July 14 2017, 0 Comments

This is a quite long story, with many pictures, and some emotional ups and down. You might need to arm yourself with a cup of tea and take a comfy seat before settling in to read. OK, here we go … By the end of June, the flicker nest was the talk of the street. … Continue reading Flicker Family Saga – Part Two

Flicker Family Saga – Part Two July 14 2017, 0 Comments

This is a quite long story, with many pictures, and some emotional ups and down. You might need to arm yourself with a cup of tea and take a comfy seat before settling in to read. OK, here we go … By the end of June, the flicker nest was the talk of the street. … Continue reading Flicker Family Saga – Part Two

Flicker Family Saga – Part One July 13 2017, 0 Comments

  I didn’t realize it was going to turn into a saga, but now I’ve accumulated about a hundred photos of our local Northern Flicker family, chronicling their ups and downs over the last few weeks. I kept meaning to post some as things unfolded, but it turned into such a roller coaster, I didn’t … Continue reading Flicker Family Saga – Part One

Flicker Family Saga – Part One July 13 2017, 0 Comments

  I didn’t realize it was going to turn into a saga, but now I’ve accumulated about a hundred photos of our local Northern Flicker family, chronicling their ups and downs over the last few weeks. I kept meaning to post some as things unfolded, but it turned into such a roller coaster, I didn’t … Continue reading Flicker Family Saga – Part One

Real Baby Crows of East Van June 28 2017, 0 Comments

The neighbourhood is alive with all kinds of baby bird noises. Loudest of all, naturally, are the baby crows. Here is a sample of some of the hilarious baby crow moments I’ve had the joy to observe in the last few days of dog walking. I’m very lucky that Geordie is a patient sort of … Continue reading Real Baby Crows of East Van

Real Baby Crows of East Van June 28 2017, 0 Comments

The neighbourhood is alive with all kinds of baby bird noises. Loudest of all, naturally, are the baby crows. Here is a sample of some of the hilarious baby crow moments I’ve had the joy to observe in the last few days of dog walking. I’m very lucky that Geordie is a patient sort of … Continue reading Real Baby Crows of East Van

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

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

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

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

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

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

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