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More on Mabel August 02 2019, 0 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

Conflict Resolution May 11 2019, 0 Comments

Well, I’m not sure if they did it by guile, by force, or by consulting the Office of the Housing Ombirdsman, but somehow the Northern Flickers have regained occupancy of their nest. As you may recall, it wasn’t looking good for them in the last post, Battle of the Nest. The Starlings had moved right … Continue reading Conflict Resolution

Battle of the Nest April 28 2019, 0 Comments

When we left our happy Northern Flicker couple in last week’s post, they were making great progress with their plum tree nest building. Much sawdust had been mined and the pair were looking pretty pleased with themselves. I check their progress every time I walk the dog so imagine my surprise when I witnessed a … Continue reading Battle of the Nest

Tap, Tap, Tap …. April 26 2019, 0 Comments

Sometimes you need to listen as well as to look to know what’s going on in the neighbourhood. This was the first sign that new tenants had moved into the ornamental plum tree on our street (one tree down from the  current chickadee nest.) The dog stopped to check his social media messages at the … Continue reading Tap, Tap, Tap ….

Help The Poplars April 17 2019, 0 Comments

Mavis and I could really use your help to put in a good word for the Notre Dame poplar trees on Kaslo Street! Read on for how you can help. Oh, and it has to by tomorrow (April 18) – no pressure. If you have followed my blog, even for the shortest time, you … Continue reading Help The Poplars

Game of Nests April 14 2019, 0 Comments

As I look forward to watching the currently taping first episode of the last season of Game of Thrones, I’m also addicted to following the real life epic drama going on right outside my window … Game … Of … Nests! It’s a tense, political and, at times, violent tale. Marvin and Mavis have been … Continue reading Game of Nests

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

Two Crow Families June 22 2018, 0 Comments

FAMILY NUMBER ONE Our first crow family consists of my old friends, Clara and Eric. They started nest building in mid-April, choosing a spot in the poplar trees bordering the high school at the end of our street. It was visible for a while, but in May the leaves filled in and the nest was … Continue reading Two Crow Families

Fledgling Alert June 07 2018, 0 Comments

They’re out there now. Full of attitude and completely gormless — you’ll see them staggering around a neighbourhood near you soon. No, not zombies — baby crows. I’ve seen several fledgling crows on our dog walks lately. A lot of them have been taking shelter at the edge of roads, sometimes wedged between parked cars … Continue reading Fledgling Alert

Crow Calligraphy April 13 2018, 1 Comment

It’s that time of year again. Most of the local crows seem to have suddenly become enrolled in some sort of corvid witness protection program. The normally gregarious garden visitors, and dog-walk-followers, are suddenly either absent altogether, or shifty and secretive. It’s nesting time, and I’m resigned to not seeing so much of Marvin and … Continue reading Crow Calligraphy

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

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?

Where’s George? April 22 2017, 1 Comment

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?