Morning visitors

Every morning a family of whisky-jacks (also known as grey jays, Canada jays, or camp robbers) haunts our house here on Exploits. They’ve been coming around for decades and I often wonder if the current family is descended from the ones of my childhood. In other exciting news, we “discovered” a bee’s nest in the…

Yesterday and Today

There’s a world of difference in a day. The Robin Family has built a nest under Katherine’s playhouse, near the greenhouse. They were watching today as I worked on the irrigation system. Here’s hoping they determine that I’m harmless.

Fat ones, skinny ones, fair ones, too.

There must be a shoe, somewhere near Oxen Pond in the Botanical Gardens. There certainly is a woman with so many children, she doesn’t know what to do. We counted seventeen or eighteen ducklings for this mother duck, which is pretty large, considering Black Ducks usually have 6-12 eggs (Wikipedia says 6-14, my bird books…

Battery Resident

I’m up to my ears in meetings today and haven’t much time to write, but I thought you might like to meet a gull that we spotted, nesting on the rocks below the Blue Moon Pottery Studio in The Battery, St. John’s, Newfoundland. More tomorrow, I promise!

Oh so snowy

Update: General consensus among my bird-watching friends who have reviewed the pictures and assessed the plumage is that this owl is probably a “she” and not a “he” as was originally written. I concur and add that this owl was larger than I was expecting, having seen other male snow owls, which adds credence to…