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Category: Birding

  • The (little known) wildlife of Singapore – Part [I]

    The (little known) wildlife of Singapore – Part [I]

    { This post was originally posted on Someday, we will see the world } When I was seven, my family moved from downtown Singapore up north. Back in those days, Yishun was not just the countryside, but a jungle of sorts. My father wanted his children to grow up with nature and wildlife. My brother […]

  • American Crows versus Red-shouldered Hawk

    American Crows versus Red-shouldered Hawk

    The Red-shouldered Hawk took flight with its prize catch and landed on a cypress tree nearby. Shortly after, a couple of American Crows came. They were trying to find their footing around the hawk and all of a sudden, one of them charged towards it! Were they attempting an ambush on the hawk? The following […]

  • Red-shouldered hawk and its prize catch

    Red-shouldered hawk and its prize catch

    I was out gardening on the roof when I heard the familiar shriek. By now, I have gotten acquainted with this good looking bird. There it is! Did it pick up a flower on its way to the chimney? I dropped everything and ran into the house to grab my camera. Ooooohhhhhhhh my, it’s not […]

  • Missing in action (for 3 weeks)

    Missing in action (for 3 weeks)

    I called out to Jon as he went to check on our bird sanctuary, ahead of me, “Did they finish the food?” “The Quaker box is gone!!!”“What?! Hoooooooow???? I laid stones in them!”“I have no idea…” I dashed into the kitchen, without taking off my other boot.“Oh, nooooo!” There was a dusty circle on the […]

  • The party will go on…

    The party will go on…

    After making sure that the plants have water for weeks, I started wondering about the rooftop party. How can I provide them with food for weeks? Mr Quaker Oats was empty and seemed like a responsible choice – I cut a hole near the bottom and filled him up with millets. Ideally, millets should pile […]

  • White-crowned sparrows join the party

    White-crowned sparrows join the party

    The White-crowned Sparrows have pretty distinctive whistles where the first syllabus is long, followed by staccato notes cramped together – “W-h-e-e-e-e-e phew hue-hue-hue-hue-hue”. Imagine saying “W–h–e–r–e are you-you-you-you-you?” I first knew about them when I started frequenting the Richmond Library. They are always singing. Ever since the start of our rooftop party, I like to […]

  • Finally, the beeping Towhee

    Finally, the beeping Towhee

    This project started because I wanted to get a closer look at the California Towhee. Finally, my first feathered friend arrives at the party. Guess who’s unhappy? “Hey, bird-feeding-woman, do something…” “Hmph!” “Do you hear me?” “Dooooo something!!!” The juvenile House Finch who has been dominating the feeders gets a taste of its medicine. Hee…

  • Hey good lookin’

    Hey good lookin’

    I spotted a Red-shouldered Hawk on the roof of the house opposite. It looked like it had just gotten out of bed – fluffy hair with a look of wonder. Within seconds, it fluttered away. A few days later, another Red-shouldered Hawk appeared. I gasped! It can’t be the same bird! Can it? Where is my […]

  • Extraterrestrial discovery…

    Extraterrestrial discovery…

    When I saw the grass in the shoe, I thought the birds were going to make a garden out of it. Shortly after, some “yellow dots” appeared. After a trip to Grenada, I have become an iNaturalist convert. Thanks to citizen science, I discovered that this alien little yellow dots were Phycomyces – or what […]