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  • A lost corvid on the roof

    A lost corvid on the roof

    I thought it was a crow, but this one was different – somewhat bigger than a crow and smaller than a raven. It has that hair tuft (feathers) under the neck but not fully developed like the raven It was walking alone around (the outside of) our house and seemed lost – unlike crows who […]

  • Our unconventional Christmas tree

    Our unconventional Christmas tree

    It’s Christmas! We refuse to buy a tree and dump it away after the new year. Neither do we want to have a tree in our house all year round. We looked around the house and identified our biggest pot of green – the mother of all our spider plants. We are very proud of […]

  • The unexpected corvids

    The unexpected corvids

    I used to think birds engage in a lot of idle talks and gossips, but recently, I am beginning to think otherwise. They might be providing specific navigation information to their group – telling family members where the food is and whether the coast is clear. Bird language with different dialects perhaps? The word for […]

  • Dark-eyed Junco: Becoming adults

    Dark-eyed Junco: Becoming adults

    “It’s snowing!”“No… it’s just the rain!” “Still, lovely isn’t it?”“Nooo… it’s cold!” “Mmm…”“We have to stock up food, do you hear me?” “Oh well…”“Hurry up!” Over the last five months, these Dark-eyed Junco juveniles have grown almost identical to their parents. They are adults now, but still look a little silly with their ways and […]

  • Mini kale harvest

    Mini kale harvest

    We had a tiny harvest that was plenty for us. It was fun roasting and munching our kale chips! Note to self: Mix kale in a bowl with 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil + 1 tsp salt and pepper. Spread them out nicely on a baking tray without any overlapping. Bake at 400°F (200°C) […]

  • A suitcase of greens

    A suitcase of greens

    My suitcase broke. It is a suitcase that has followed me around the world for the last five years. Finally, after travelling to Trinidad and Tobago, a wheel came off and ended any possibility of future travels. After using it as storage space for a while, I decided to recycle it as a planter box. […]

  • One crazy House Finch party!

    One crazy House Finch party!

    There were probably three families of House Finch at the feeders. The Dark-eyed Junco could barely fight for a spot. At some point, everyone had to wait… (and grumble while they wait).

  • The House Finch is not always red

    The House Finch is not always red

    Differentiating the House Finches and Dark-eyed Juncos have been quite an exercise when all of a sudden, a yellow bird arrives! Wait, you look exactly like the House Finch, and your little ones look so similar to those juveniles I have been watching! I started talking to the birds a lot and even imagining their […]

  • The Cooper Hawk spots a party

    The Cooper Hawk spots a party

    Our neighbour’s antenna is the “waiting area” to our rooftop party. It is about ten feet away. Before we started this project, there would only be one bird singing a melodious song. These days, it could accommodate four to six sparrow-sized birds, totally absorbed in their chatter. I read that most hawks have incredible vision […]