Get out of my tree, get into my nest

I’m sure I’ve written this before, but one aspect I truly love about nature is that it is always changing. Over the past few years, we’ve had robins consistently nesting on one side of the house or another. In bird houses, we’ve had sparrows, starlings, and even a pair of screech owls. This year, to […]

Open eyes reveal a birder’s paradise

Ever since I got into birding I’ve come to appreciate what seems like a very obvious cliché: the more you open your eyes, the more you see. The more I learn about the natural world and the more I learn about plants and animals, the more I seem to notice the beauty and abundance of […]

Look into my big yellow eyes…

October is here and the bird migration is going strong. If you’ve been observing the departure of our local songbirds, hawks, Canada geese, and others, you might be lucky enough this time of year to also catch a glimpse of a migrating owl. While it’s nice for us to enjoy the sight of these birds […]

In praise of early morning song

Have you ever heard the dawn chorus? It’s one of the most beautiful sounds found in nature and one that can be appreciated anywhere in the world where birds sing. The dawn chorus is the mix of high and low notes, trills, and whistles you hear from the birds each morning as the sun rises. […]

A different kind of duck season

Some people say you can tell winter is coming by the drop in temperature, the snow on the ground, or the Christmas lights going up. I, however, look for the ducks! It’s a good time of year to keep your eyes open for all the different ducks passing through the GTA on their way to […]

Learning to spot natural camouflage

People are always asking me how I’m able to spot so many amazing animals in such random places. The answer isn’t exciting: I’ve learned not only where to look, but how to look. The next time you take a walk, take time to really look at the trees, along their branches, and inside their holes […]

Wild warbler weekend

Last week, my good friend Donna and I decided it was about time we saw some warblers. After a little location research, we were on our way to Ashbridges Bay. We saw, as always at the bay, a great variety of birds flying among the trees, including a couple of red-winged blackbirds making a nest, […]

Rusty not your average blackbird

At the end of October I received a photo from my friends Bruce Girard and Sue McKay, who had seen a bird and wondered what it was. This has become an increasingly common occurrence in my life, now that for many of my friends I’m no longer Ann, but rather ‘the hawk lady’. This particular […]