Monthly Archives: March 2011

The blackbirds are back — spring’s here at last!

A male red-winged blackbird claims his territory in Woodbine Park Thursday, March 17, by calling “konk-a-ree,” flashing his red epaulettes and spreading his tail feathers. © BCP 2011 I heard my first loud “konk-a-ree” a few days ago when I was out sniffing the air (mmm – mud!) and searching for signs of spring. Oh […]

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Mourning doves in the rain

A mourning dove (Zenaida macroura) rests on a branch in my yard this week during a grey drizzle. © BCP 2011 A couple of days ago, when it was so very terribly dreary — drizzly rain interspersed with freezing rain, broken up by pelting rain, then more Vancouver sunshine — I chanced to look out […]

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A shot of (avian) sunshine, when we need it most

A great kiskadee (Pitangus sulphuratus), hunts from a low branch by a beach in Bermuda in January. © BCP 2011 Arrgh! Looking out my window as I write this, Mr. Golden Sun has taken his rays away.  It’s grey, grey, grey, and snowing. Again. Spring, which seemed just around the corner only a few days […]

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Redpolls at Ashbridge’s Bay

A female common redpoll (Cardeulis flammea) eats seeds from a tamarack cone at Ashbridge’s Bay.  © BCP 2011 As  you can see from the blue sky in the picture above, I didn’t take this photo this weekend. No, I’m cheating a bit, going backward in time — slightly more than a week ago, in fact […]

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Wintry birds, dreaming of a mate

My quote of the day today is actually a verse by English romantic poet Christina Rossetti, who lived from 1830 to 1894. The poem begins “I wonder if the sap is stirring yet, If wintry birds are dreaming of a mate.” I don’t know about the sap….Hang on a tick. I DO know about the […]

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