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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!

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

Nesting News April 07 2019, 0 Comments

If you feel your day is too hectic, just stop and watch the ceaseless industry of a pair of nest building chickadees ...

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

Best New Year’s Eve Party January 01 2019, 0 Comments

It was going to be just me and my Buckley’s cough syrup for New Year’s Eve, but that seemed a slightly anticlimactic way to say farewell to 2018 Then I remembered the standing invitation to the wildest, loudest, coolest party in town. Attended by thousands, all in a mood to socialize … and everybody tucked … Continue reading Best New Year’s Eve Party

6 Reasons Why Crows Make Great Therapists December 06 2018, 0 Comments

1. Crows Are a Gateway Bird Crows are often the only obvious representative of the natural world that a busy urbanite might see in a day. Many more wild things live among us, of course — but crows are so “in your face” that they’re hard to overlook, no matter how distracted you are. Once … Continue reading 6 Reasons Why Crows Make Great Therapists

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

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 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

Crow Murder (Attempted) April 17 2018, 0 Comments

In contrast to the rather peaceful imagery of Crow Calligraphy, where corvid nesting behaviour evoked the peaceful strokes of Japanese brush painting — this post is more Sam Peckinpah meets Hieronymus Bosch. I usually don’t like the term “murder” to describe a group of crows. Rather prejudicial, I always think. In the case of this gathering, … Continue reading Crow Murder (Attempted)

Raven Tutor March 30 2018, 0 Comments

Well, obviously the ravens of East Vancouver did not think much of my raven language skills! The very morning I published Learning to Speak Raven, they sent a tutor to teach me some new phrases. I could hear the crows fussing and a raven making some sounds I’d never heard before as soon as I … Continue reading Raven Tutor

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

Crows with broken beaks February 08 2016, 0 Comments

Originally posted on Corvid Research:
It hurts to look at.  The physical pain incurred at the time of the injury, the likely chronic pain on the path to recovery, the dubious chance of survival, it all makes me reach for my mouth in horror when I see this bird.  To me, the idea of living on…

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

Baby Chickadees Everywhere June 16 2015, 0 Comments

At some point, there were so many baby chickadees in the garden I thought to myself, “one of them is going to fly right into me”. And, sure enough … one did bounce right off my head while I was busy taking photos of the action. Luckily we both emerged unscathed from the encounter – both quite … Continue reading Baby Chickadees Everywhere

Counting Birds in Fog February 15 2015, 0 Comments

Bundled in my stylish plaid dressing gown, I climbed to the top deck of our house first thing this morning to participate in the annual Great Backyard Bird Count. As I surveyed a sea of fog, things did not look promising. I could hear a lot of frantic crow activity, although it was hard to … Continue reading Counting Birds in Fog

Botanical Crush July 15 2014, 0 Comments

Our eyes met across an East Vancouver alleyway. I was out for a pre-coffee, early morning stroll, when my eyes fell upon it in a neighbour’s backyard. I fell in love, suddenly and completely. I’m not sure how this happened after so many years of gardening and countless hours in botanical gardens and gardening centres, … Continue reading Botanical Crush