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More on Mabel August 02 2019, Liquid error: internal Comments

Mabel and I go back a long way. When I first met her, she and George were a couple, and they visited my garden several times a day … for years. I wrote about them a lot in earlier blogs: their love story, their very tough year, the time that George was missing and, finally … Continue reading More on Mabel

Huge Thanks! April 24 2019, 0 Comments

Vancouver City staff and council heard from all over North America and from Europe. As Vancouver has an international image as a “green” city, I believe that international comments are fully valid. They also heard from many, many people from Vancouver. They received letters from those who have a personal fondness for this area, and … Continue reading Huge Thanks!

Signs of Spring March 09 2019, 0 Comments

The signs of spring are there.  Admittedly, they’re a little tricky to spot in the world of snow and ice outside … … but the birds know, in their featherlight bones, that spring is just around the corner. The small birds, finches and song sparrows especially, are  in full mating mode, chasing each other around … Continue reading Signs of Spring

Crowflix February 03 2019, 0 Comments

Sometimes the best way to tear yourself away from binge-watching the TV is to drag yourself outside and tune in to the always entertaining Crow Channel. I’d planned an archival Ken Burns-style documentary for this blog post, going over everything that’s happened with the local crows since I last did an update last fall. After … Continue reading Crowflix

Sudden Sky Drama December 19 2018, 0 Comments

I thought I was actually going to be documenting the sudden and violent demise of Marvin this past Sunday. I was at Make-It! Market for most of last week, but I took an hour or so off on Sunday morning to mail some online orders. On the way back from the post office, walking down … Continue reading Sudden Sky Drama

Corvid Flash Mobs October 05 2018, 0 Comments

Somewhere between harvest festivals and soccer riots, these autumnal corvid gatherings are a sure sign of the seasonal shift. A quiet street corner that is normally the domain of a one crow family is suddenly full of noise and dark feathers. It’s usually early evening when they come, making a stop on the longer trip … Continue reading Corvid Flash Mobs

Environmental Dead Zone September 27 2018, 0 Comments

My previous post was more of a sentimental ode to the patch of scrappy urban nature that may soon be gone. This one is bit more pragmatic — and a plea to any readers who know of research or information that would support the preservation of a few more fragments of wildlife habitat and green … Continue reading Environmental Dead Zone

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

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

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

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

Owl Wrestling September 22 2017, 0 Comments

Let me be clear. Actual owl wrestling is definitely not something I’d recommend. However, it does feel as if I’ve been metaphorically getting to grips with owls for the last few weeks. One particular owl, in fact. Since the wonderful day a few weeks ago when a barred owl appeared in front of my house, … Continue reading Owl Wrestling

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

In Memory of George August 09 2017, 0 Comments

  I knew I’d be upset when, inevitably, something happened to one of my crow acquaintances. Even so, I’m surprised at how many tears I’ve shed since burying my pal, George Brokenbeak. He’s laid to rest on the “garden of tears” side of the yard, along with countless beloved goldfish and hamsters, and the late … Continue reading In Memory of George

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