june hunter images

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

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

Thank-You So Much August 11 2017, 0 Comments

This blog post is really just a huge thank-you for all the lovely, thoughtful, funny, comforting, poetic messages I’ve received after my last post about the passing of George. They’ve come via blog comments, email, text, Messenger, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. I expect a carrier pigeon at any moment … There have been stories of … Continue reading Thank-You So Much

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

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

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

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

Crowpocalypse 2015 August 18 2015, 0 Comments

The summer of 2015 had been a rough one for crows. Actually it’s been tough for urban wildlife of all kinds, but since I watch the crows so much, I’ve been feeling their pain especially. Raising fledglings is hard work at the best of times – constant feeding, along with perpetual vigilance against the usual dangers – racoons, … Continue reading Crowpocalypse 2015

Here’s Hank June 26 2015, 0 Comments

First there was Eric. Then there was Hank. Now there are Hank and Eric and Vera and Eric’s mate and some babies. That’s a lot of crows for a small area, but they seem to have worked out a way to keep things civil. They key is that certain rules have to be adhered to. Eric and … Continue reading Here’s Hank

Meet Vera May 30 2015, 0 Comments

Vera is a little nervous around the camera, but not as phobic as this photo would suggest. She was actually enjoying a good scratch! She and her partner (Hank) are one of many young couples starting out and trying to raise a family here in East Vancouver. The two of them started hanging out in my garden … Continue reading Meet Vera

Look out – Crow! May 19 2015, 0 Comments

Dive bombing crows are in the news again. A scary experience for pedestrians, but it may help to know why they do it. Imagine this. You and your sleep-deprived spouse have just had triplets. A few days after they’re born they have the mobility capacity of toddlers — combined with the burning desire to see the … Continue reading Look out – Crow!

Crow Gifts of All Kinds March 16 2015, 0 Comments

Read this blog and the others in the scavenger hunt, find the answers to the questions, and race to win fabulous prizes (including one of my raven pendants)! I have to admit, I have been a bit envious of the little girl in Seattle* who has received so many fabulous gifts from the crows she feeds every day in her garden. … Continue reading Crow Gifts of All Kinds

Last Dawn of 2014 December 31 2014, 0 Comments

I took some time to appreciate the last dawn of 2014 – and such a dawn it was. After a festive season of heath challenges, it seems even more important that usual to appreciate the small things that are big. Being with family, good friends, health (it’s all relative), moments of quiet loveliness, every dawn, … Continue reading Last Dawn of 2014

Who Is Eric? November 19 2014, 0 Comments

Well, I’m sure he has a different self-image entirely, but this is his CV from my perspective. Eric, first of all, is a crow. He is, relative to others of his species, quite unconcerned by my camera. In fact, since I use a long lens, I often have to back away from him to keep … Continue reading Who Is Eric?

Sit Still, I Think I Missed a Bit October 26 2014, 0 Comments

Crow grooming hilarity. The recipient of the thorough going-over seems happy enough for a while. S/he seems to tire of the process part way through — but there is no way the job is going to go unfinished! I am reminded of my mother polishing my face with a hankie before I headed into elementary school. You can … Continue reading Sit Still, I Think I Missed a Bit

Crow vs Raven July 23 2014, 0 Comments

In a competition judged on cuteness and goofiness, I would have said that crow babies would be the hands-down winners. Until, that is, I came across baby ravens. They are like giant baby crows — with impossibly large feet. This is a series of images in which I’m exploring beauty of these birds in their urban setting. Crows and their … Continue reading Crow vs Raven

Consternation in the ‘Hood July 02 2014, 0 Comments

Yowza!! Major excitement in the neighbourhood this morning. The crows are pretty noisy at this time of year anyway. They’ve mostly given up dive-bombing pedestrians in our neighbourhood now that the babies are out of the nest. The young ones are pretty mobile and not so much in need of ferocious parental protection now. Still, there’s a lot of raucous … Continue reading Consternation in the ‘Hood