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Reading the Leaves November 08 2018, 0 Comments

Words are important. But sometimes there seem to be too many of them. Too many we’ve heard, spoken, written and read. This week has begun to feel like one of those times. Whenever I’ve passed through the garden in the last few days — to do a little yard work, or on my way to … Continue reading Reading the Leaves

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.                        

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

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

“Spooky” Halloween Crows October 18 2015, 0 Comments

I always love to see crows, but I must admit I’m always a bit sad to see them typecast as harbingers of death and all things spooky, especially at Halloween. My new “red sky crow” pendant would seem, at first blush, to be part of the problem. But, I’d like people who wear it to know … Continue reading “Spooky” Halloween Crows

Autumn Crow Walk October 14 2015, 0 Comments

If you’ve been wondering where Eric the crow is these days, read on. After a rather long day in the studio I was faced with the choice of a “feet up with tea” break, or a short walk. Luckily the sunshine outside persuaded me to go for the latter. I do love autumn. The special … Continue reading Autumn Crow Walk