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09 May, 2020

The warbler

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Misc. life

There is no mistaking the sound of a bird colliding with a window. I didn’t see it happen, but apparently the bird was honing down on an insect and swooped this way instead of that. Mark and the girls flew out of their seats to see what happened.

The poor thing didn’t move a muscle and hardly blinked. Mark picked it up and made a nest with his hand. I stayed inside, content to let my family have this moment to themselves.

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It rested there. It’s hard to know if it was frozen in fear or just stunned into silence. As I watched from my side of the window I realized I feel like that bird sometimes – dazed and confused. What day is it? Should I stay or go? What’s happening? What will happen next?

The vast wilderness beyond this safe space seems so big sometimes.

Fortunately it didn’t take long for the bird to regain his senses. He hopped out of Mark’s hand and perched on his finger to get his bearings; catch his breath. A bird is so tiny, practically weightless – a ball of feather and bone that is barely there, but it is. He returned to his world with a blink of eyes bright and focused, never to be seen again.


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  • Jennifer: That is really cool. I was wondering if you kept it outdoors? There is research on hatching monarchs indoors that it compromises them. They need the
  • Ted Benkhe: Jim Burns made a great point re visitation. I,m sure that the peace park will present very well after the volunteers who maintain it have worked th
  • andrea tomkins: I'm glad you find it restful Bonnie! I didn't on that day. :)
  • Bonnie Upton: I have a true love of this place. I drive to and from Ottawa from the NewmArket area to visit my sister snd now my son who attended uOttawa and has c
  • Amy: That sounds fantastic! As with most travelling, parts are much more comfortable when you're telling them afterwards, but they make a good story.
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My name is Andrea and I live in the Westboro area of Ottawa with my husband Mark and our dog Piper who is kind of a big deal on Instagram. We also have two human daughters: Emma (20) and Sarah (18). During the day I work as a writer at The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre. I am a longtime Ottawa blogger and I've occupied this little corner of the WWW since 1999. The Fishbowl is my whiteboard, water cooler, and journal, all rolled into one. I'm passionate about healthy living, arts and culture, family travel, great gear, good food, and sharing the best of Ottawa for families. I also love vegetables, photography, gadgets, and great design.

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