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  • 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 […]

  • House Finch: Going through changes

    House Finch: Going through changes

    Like the Dark-eyed Junco juveniles, the young House Finches have their share of bad hair days. The young male starts to develop red highlights on his chest and his crown. While he becomes more and more like his father, he reminds me of those teenage years where my brother and I would dye our hair. […]

  • House Finch: Father and child

    House Finch: Father and child

    Unlike the monomorphic Dark-eyed Junco, the male House Finch has red highlights on its crown, throat and breast. Mr Finch is a father who chaperones his juveniles. Interestingly, he would eat first – for a long while – before letting anyone else have a go. The little juvenile would not dare to eat from the […]

  • Dark-eyed Junco: Juveniles

    Dark-eyed Junco: Juveniles

    If this little one hadn’t come with its parents, I wouldn’t have known that it is a Dark-eyed Junco. Watching a sibling squabble can be quite amusing. Sometimes it all happens too fast. I only get to see their frozen expressions when I transfer the photos into my laptop. These are my favourites. “How many […]

  • Dark-eyed Junco: Going through changes

    Dark-eyed Junco: Going through changes

    For a good few weeks, I watched the four juveniles change. They reminded me of my teenage years – acne face, bad hair days and unexplainable angst all rolled into one body. Yet so carefree and oblivious to what the future holds. When they finally start to resemble their parents, new juveniles arrive. “Hello House […]

  • Rooftop party for the birds

    Rooftop party for the birds

    Jon had two pairs of Converse that he didn’t want to dump in the landfill bin, “Why don’t you use them as bird feeders?” When looking for food, do birds use their sense of smell? If they do, wouldn’t they smell the old shoes rather than the seeds? Maybe their sense of sight would help […]

  • The beeping bird

    The beeping bird

    Jon and I moved into the Inner Richmond district of San Francisco at the beginning of October 2017. My first feathered friend is a greyish-brown bird who lives two trees away. Its beeps sound like the carbon monoxide detector when it is low on batteries – loud, crisp and repetitive. I affectionately call it Towhee, […]