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We were at my in-laws on a hot day last week when we were alerted to the fact that there was a crow hopping around the front lawn. Correction, it was hobbling, in a rather ungraceful kind of way. So of course, being the bird nerds that we are, we had to investigate. Turns out […]

19 May, 2014

Final #Nestwatch update

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Misc. life|Ottawa

We came home last night into a dark house. It was late, and I was tired, but it occurred to me that I wanted to see if our baby robins were ok. I’ve never looked into the nest at night before. I was wary of shining a flashlight on the chicks at a vulnerable time […]

16 May, 2014

Three cheers for the weekend

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Misc. life

… because some of us need it more than others. :) If you’re on Twitter you can follow along the birdy adventure by checking in to the #NestWatch tag. A few interesting observations that are worth noting: I watched one of the birds remove something from the nest this morning. It flew away and dropped […]

23 Apr, 2014

This lil’ mamma is right outside our window!

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Oh! Things!

Now I’m trying to think of a way we can rig up a nest cam! Updated April 23 at 5:00 p.m. to add THIS: Updated April 24 at 3:00 p.m. to add THIS: This just keeps getting better and better. This photo was taken April 25 at noon:   And this one was taken April […]

13 Feb, 2014

So this is what we did with our Christmas tree

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Misc. life

I am sad to report that we didn’t host a pop-up forest on our front lawn this year (although I was very tempted). After Christmas we tossed our tree out the front door to await tree recycling day. After a, er, couple weeks, I decided to stand it up in a snowbank, like this: Sidebar: […]


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