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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: […]

16 Dec, 2013

Birdfeeder revisited

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Oh! Things!

I know I’ve written about this before, but I had to say YET AGAIN how awesome this little bird feeder has been. Truly, it has been the gift that keeps on giving. (Click to enlarge the photo. It’s Mrs. Cardinal! She’s a regular.) I think this cold snap has been tough on the poor little […]


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