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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

Marvin and Mavis: A Love Story February 14 2019, 0 Comments

Crows make it look as if they have the world by the tail. When the dark river of them flies over to the nightly roost, they look powerful and untouchable. In her poem, Crows,  Mary Oliver describes this view of them: glossy and rowdy and indistinguishable. The deep muscle of the world. But that anonymous … Continue reading Marvin and Mavis: A Love Story

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

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

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

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

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

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

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?

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

Possibility of Spring March 31 2017, 0 Comments

This wasn’t supposed to be a blog-writing day, but I feel I have some “stop press” news that must be shared, along with photographic evidence. I almost hesitate to share this wild idea, but I think there is a small chance that … dare I even speak the thought? … spring might have arrived. I … Continue reading Possibility of Spring

Possibility of Spring March 31 2017, 0 Comments

This wasn’t supposed to be a blog-writing day, but I feel I have some “stop press” news that must be shared, along with photographic evidence. I almost hesitate to share this wild idea, but I think there is a small chance that … dare I even speak the thought? … spring might have arrived. I … Continue reading Possibility of Spring