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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!

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

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

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

Crow Stories January 19 2018, 0 Comments

This post will have stories … about crows … eventually. But first, I wanted to share a few thoughts that have been rolling around in my head about the idea of “story.” Mostly I look at the world in a visual way. I’m a photographer, so I’m always looking for shapes, colours, light, shade, textures … Continue reading Crow Stories

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

Collecting Hidden Beauty November 02 2017, 0 Comments

Sometimes, on my walks, I like to play a little game. I call it Alleyway to Art Gallery. Something catches my eye —  a piece of rust, moss on a worn fence, a shattered windshield,  even some crumpled paper floating in the gutter. At that moment, in that light, it is astonishing. That’s how the … Continue reading Collecting Hidden Beauty

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

Squirrel Safari September 17 2017, 0 Comments

Every dog walk with Nina is an adventure these days. Our objectives are in direct conflict. Nina’s goal: nab a squirrel. My goal: avoid becoming airborne* — I hear the waiting list for new hips is long. Nina is my daughter’s dog and lives with her, but Lily works long hours, so I do some … Continue reading Squirrel Safari

Cloud Mystery September 12 2017, 0 Comments

The clouds this morning made me really, really happy. I was so happy, that I had to question what it was about them that made me feel so darn chipper. Perhaps is because they made such a spectacular change from skies that have been either blue and cloudless or filled with sepia smoke for the … Continue reading Cloud Mystery

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

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

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

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

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

George and Mabel – A Love Story February 09 2017, 0 Comments

They say that crows usually mate for life.  George and Mabel have certainly stuck together through good, and some very bad, times — so, in honour of Valentine’s Day, here is their story. I wrote about some of their trials and tribulations about a year ago in the blog post George’s Tough Year. This is … Continue reading George and Mabel – A Love Story

George and Mabel – A Love Story February 09 2017, 6 Comments

They say that crows usually mate for life.  George and Mabel have certainly stuck together through good, and some very bad, times — so, in honour of Valentine’s Day, here is their story. I wrote about some of their trials and tribulations about a year ago in the blog post George’s Tough Year. This is … Continue reading George and Mabel – A Love Story