Jon Crispin's Notebook

Hummingbird

Posted in Birds, hummingbirds by joncrispin on 14/05/2015

The hummingbirds are back in full force.  This fellow with the beautiful red throat was the first one I’d seen this year, and he showed up about a week ago.  All the feeders are going strong and there are now a (collective noun?) of them around.  We once read that you should have at least 2 feeders as they are quite territorial.  We now have 3 and they chase each other around chirping like mad.  They are not shy at all; I was basically standing right next to the feeder to get this shot.

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Crow

Posted in Animals, Cities, Flowers, Nature, Travel, Trees, Weather by joncrispin on 15/04/2012

Cris and I are in Vancouver.  She is here for the AERA conference and I am just tagging along.  This is a most remarkable city.  I am happy that there are lots of crows about.  They seem to have displaced the usual pigeons that often dominate cities.  There is water everywhere and lots of seagulls but it is the crows that are the most fun to watch. /  The weather has been lovely; lots of sun and in the mid to upper 50s which is perfect for walking in Stanely Park.

I was in London a month ago and the magnolia trees were just starting to bloom.  Now they are at the same stage here in Vancouver.  Everything is popping out.  Flowers are everywhere in the city and I am overwhelmed with how beautiful this place is.

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