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  • Meanwhile, with birds | Birds and Words
    been here all along and that I m finally learning the art of how to pay attention how to abandon expectation who doesn t walk into a situation with a target bird in favour of the spontaneity of the moment the beauty of the unplanned and unimagined now that might just be magic Share this More Email Press This Share on Tumblr Like this Like Loading This entry was posted in Uncategorized on May 18 2015 by Julia Zarankin Post navigation Happiness Back from the land of Arctic Terns Click on a tab to select how you d like to leave your comment Birds and Words Twitter Facebook Google Login Login Login Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published Required fields are marked Name Email Website Comment You may use these HTML tags and attributes a href title abbr title acronym title b blockquote cite cite code del datetime em i q cite s strike strong Notify me of follow up comments by email Notify me of new posts by email Search for On the Coyot es Network Some reasons I have been called a radical environmentalist Coyote Crossing Published on September 19 2015 by Chris Clarke My Hit Single Are Warblers Less Important Than Tigers Reconciliation Ecology Published on September 12 2015 by Madhusudan Katti Making Friends With Crows The Corvid Blog Published on August 2 2015 by The Corvid Blog The Heart of Freedom Cecil the Lion Wild Within Published on July 29 2015 by Jennifer Molidor There s Gold in Them Hills Dispersal Range Published on June 28 2015 by Meera Lee Sethi California note 1 Slow Water Movement Published on July 7 2015 by slowwatermovement Joe Eaton calls Fowl A Review Toad In The Hole Published on July 4 2015 by

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  • Happiness | Birds and Words
    post I live on a small creek and watch the buffleheads paddle by every spring and fall they are among my favorites mostly as they are so easy to identify I wonder if one of your banded birds went by I am trying to highlight the risk to raptors due to poisoning critters i have a cartoon posted at http creektreat ca save our raptors if this is appropriate Julia Zarankin Post author May 18 2015 at 4 21 pm Oh I m so glad the feeling is looks mutual Click on a tab to select how you d like to leave your comment Birds and Words Twitter Facebook Google Login Login Login Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published Required fields are marked Name Email Website Comment You may use these HTML tags and attributes a href title abbr title acronym title b blockquote cite cite code del datetime em i q cite s strike strong Notify me of follow up comments by email Notify me of new posts by email Search for On the Coyot es Network Some reasons I have been called a radical environmentalist Coyote Crossing Published on September 19 2015 by Chris Clarke My Hit Single Are Warblers Less Important Than Tigers Reconciliation Ecology Published on September 12 2015 by Madhusudan Katti Making Friends With Crows The Corvid Blog Published on August 2 2015 by The Corvid Blog The Heart of Freedom Cecil the Lion Wild Within Published on July 29 2015 by Jennifer Molidor There s Gold in Them Hills Dispersal Range Published on June 28 2015 by Meera Lee Sethi California note 1 Slow Water Movement Published on July 7 2015 by slowwatermovement Joe Eaton calls Fowl A Review Toad In The Hole Published on July 4 2015

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  • September | 2015 | Birds and Words
    not how to understand this concept called winter It felt beyond my body s capabilities to venture to that place And today this morning at twenty past seven to be precise wearing a sweater for the first time since returning from Iceland my body knew again how to process the idea of winter No longer a foreign concept it turned into something my body instinctively craved Is that how migratory birds feel on the eve of their return south in late summer Is it a physiological jolt of sorts almost as if their bodies awaken to the idea of winter and a simultaneous drive to seek it out physically That their perilous migratory journeys are motivated by a physical impulse had never dawned on me View from the bakery in Borgarnes Iceland You ll be delighted to know that I did not break my routine of eating two vinarbrauds croissant w custard and almonds day And just like that It bothers me that things can change so swiftly sometimes I would like smoother transitions That two weeks ago today I sat in a bakery cafe in Borgarnes halfway between Reykjavik and Stykkisholmur staring out at the bay filled with shorebirds and lamenting my lack of a scope and perhaps even more serious lack of shorebird ID skills beyond a killdeer and a semipalmated plover and that now I sit in my comfortable office in Toronto overlooking a Burrito place a sex shop a retirement home and a cemetery oh the progression of life I suppose and that both worlds coexist unnerves me And yet isn t that the beauty and tragedy of life That things happen birds take flight southward weather patterns change years lives begin and end just like that Share this More Email Press This Share on Tumblr Like this Like Loading This entry was posted in Birding Life nostalgia seeing on September 10 2015 by Julia Zarankin Beginnings of Fall by Julia Zarankin Leave a reply It s September dearest birders but Toronto has never been hotter Apparently mother nature decided to leave the most wretched humidity for the eleventh hour And so here we are sweating and panting well into the first week of September But I won t complain Or I ll try not to And I ll do my utmost not to begin every sentence with well in Iceland because the fact of the matter is that problems of humidity sweating and panting weather related of course don t exist because in Iceland the weather is perfect as far as I m concerned On the volatile side without a doubt but delightfully crisp always And so before I abandon my Icelandic thread let me just say that I miss that strange island I miss it so much I just bought a film festival ticket to see RAMS Hrútar the latest film by Grímur Hákonarson I ll let you know how it goes How could I say no to a movie about sheep familial reconciliation

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  • August | 2015 | Birds and Words
    re planning a trip to Iceland I have plenty of advice I miss the delicious vinarbraud custard and almond croissants of which I consumed at least two every single day I miss the herring sadly we didn t make it to the national herring museum I miss the colossal sky and fabulously fickle weather I miss Icelandic non nonsense ways and absence of garrulous often meaningless politeness I miss it all Perhaps if I m being brutally honest I also miss being on vacation In birdier news I was proud of my modest ID skills that I managed to exercise we saw Kittiwakes Oystercatchers White wagtails a gazillion great back backed gulls and shore birds of every persuasion but I was scope less not to mention skill less in the shore bird department and couldn t ID much of anything I studied the birds I knew and contented myself with that I did have one unexpected birdy experience While visiting Halldor Laxness house museum Gljufrasteinn I happened on the most lovely sight in his bedroom Right there on the windowsill across from his bed lay a pair of Zeiss binoculars which Laxness used every single day of his life I was alone in the museum and probably proceeded to do something semi legal I picked up the binoculars and took a look through his mid century Zeiss optics to catch a glimpse of the world his ancestral hills mountains and fields exactly as Halldor Laxness saw it And to think that five years ago I wouldn t have even noticed the binoculars they would have meant as little to me as the religious paraphernalia on the bedside table Halldor Laxness Zeiss binoculars Gljufrasteinn museum How delightfully strange life is How miraculously unexpected its twists and turns Share this More Email Press This Share on Tumblr Like this Like Loading This entry was posted in Uncategorized on August 30 2015 by Julia Zarankin Search for On the Coyot es Network Some reasons I have been called a radical environmentalist Coyote Crossing Published on September 19 2015 by Chris Clarke My Hit Single Are Warblers Less Important Than Tigers Reconciliation Ecology Published on September 12 2015 by Madhusudan Katti Making Friends With Crows The Corvid Blog Published on August 2 2015 by The Corvid Blog The Heart of Freedom Cecil the Lion Wild Within Published on July 29 2015 by Jennifer Molidor There s Gold in Them Hills Dispersal Range Published on June 28 2015 by Meera Lee Sethi California note 1 Slow Water Movement Published on July 7 2015 by slowwatermovement Joe Eaton calls Fowl A Review Toad In The Hole Published on July 4 2015 by Joe Eaton The other invisible hand View from Elephant Hills Published on 5 June 2015 by T R Shankar Raman The Silurian Valley spared but will it be conserved Miracle or Mirage Published on December 5 2014 by Patrick Donnelly Lone Pine s lone pine Is Dead InyoOwnWay Published on August 13 2014 by

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  • May | 2015 | Birds and Words
    of trees scanning instinctively New urban sounds now comfort me I m in the company of robins cardinals mourning doves a lone Baltimore oriole That something so simple as birds could bring so much meaning to my life so much intrinsic pleasure and that these birds had been here all along and that I m finally learning the art of how to pay attention how to abandon expectation who doesn t walk into a situation with a target bird in favour of the spontaneity of the moment the beauty of the unplanned and unimagined now that might just be magic Share this More Email Press This Share on Tumblr Like this Like Loading This entry was posted in Uncategorized on May 18 2015 by Julia Zarankin Search for On the Coyot es Network Some reasons I have been called a radical environmentalist Coyote Crossing Published on September 19 2015 by Chris Clarke My Hit Single Are Warblers Less Important Than Tigers Reconciliation Ecology Published on September 12 2015 by Madhusudan Katti Making Friends With Crows The Corvid Blog Published on August 2 2015 by The Corvid Blog The Heart of Freedom Cecil the Lion Wild Within Published on July 29 2015 by Jennifer Molidor There s Gold in Them Hills Dispersal Range Published on June 28 2015 by Meera Lee Sethi California note 1 Slow Water Movement Published on July 7 2015 by slowwatermovement Joe Eaton calls Fowl A Review Toad In The Hole Published on July 4 2015 by Joe Eaton The other invisible hand View from Elephant Hills Published on 5 June 2015 by T R Shankar Raman The Silurian Valley spared but will it be conserved Miracle or Mirage Published on December 5 2014 by Patrick Donnelly Lone Pine s lone pine Is Dead InyoOwnWay Published on

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  • April | 2015 | Birds and Words
    also brightened up the day I ve never seen Common redpolls with as brilliant a sliver of red almost as if they had donned red Cardinals baseball caps Illuminated by the sun they looked radiant We also got a merlin lots of Turkey vultures Hairy and Downy woodpeckers a somewhat athletic red breasted nuthatch and a glistening iridescent common grackle The morning began with spring turned rapidly to winter for the better part of a day I was underdressed wore the wrong boots forgot my long underwear before reverting back to vernal climes Strange disorienting climactic shifts but it felt invigorating to re experience winter for a day In all honesty now that I ve moved on to anticipating warblers I didn t realized how much I missed winter Share this More Email Press This Share on Tumblr Like this Like Loading This entry was posted in Birding Life seeing and tagged binoculars fashion persistence warblers Zeiss on April 11 2015 by Julia Zarankin Pondering the Nature of Things by Julia Zarankin Leave a reply Sometimes the pursuit of birds is easier than one would imagine Last week for instance we started off the morning by finding the illustrious and oftentimes elusive Histrionicus histrionics otherwise known as the Harlequin duck within minutes of arriving at Gairloch Gardens in Oakville We spent about ten minutes marvelling at his plumage that looks as if was hand painted by a gifted stylist and watched him swim further and further away from us out into the depths of Lake Ontario as if saying that s enough of a beautiful spectacle for now Too many great looks at a Harlequin could render one smug Usually you have to work much harder to find this kind of beauty And off he went We too departed soon after though a group of Common Goldeneyes regaled us with a fabulous courtship display which involved some exquisite backward neck stretching moves And off we went in search of our next target bird Within an hour we managed to find the Neotropic Cormorant amidst about 500 Double crested cormorants The fetching Neotropic variety is slightly smaller than the others and has white on its bill rather than the more common yellow on the double crested Needless to say I wouldn t have been able to find this one on my own but I was in the company of birdy geniuses who immediately detected a species whose size merited a second look Meanwhile I was busy watching the cormorants flying over the water with bits of supplies in their bill heading toward the trees for nest building rituals A few minutes later we saw our first tree swallows of the year and decided that spring had really begun in earnest And then we decided to head to Burlington s LaSalle Marina to see if the resident owl would put in an appearance for us It seemed he had other plans that morning an errand no doubt but instead we caught a

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  • March | 2015 | Birds and Words
    are what lured me toward birds in the first place if it hadn t been for Jonathan Franzen s casual mention of Phoebe Snetsinger and the coincidence that we had all spent time in Missouri and if that synchronicity hadn t surfaced on my radar in the form of his essay My Bird Problem at a particular time when I felt at my most fragile and desperate for access to new ways of seeing I might have never even considered looking at a bird in earnest Truth is I am not a natural scientist nor will I ever be narrative threads lie at the root of all perception for me no matter how much I may dream of it being otherwise I ve seen a Cooper s hawk in the hand at the banding station and much as I marvelled at the bird s physiognomy I couldn t bear to touch it or even entertain the thought of examining it up close A ravenous beast she seemed to me Why is it that a literary device defamiliarization in the right hands of course has the power to slowly acclimate me to hawks to teach me to appreciate them and see them anew At Beamer s we saw three red shoulders a sharpie and at least two dozen turkey vultures The sharpie terrified me he shot out of the woods just slightly above my head pierced the air with such precision I feared he might take out my nose thankfully he was headed for something to the left of my head and had absolutely no interest in my olfactory organ We watched the red shouldered hawks flying in along the escarpment from a viewing platform and I got great looks at their reddish orange breast and the brilliant black and white bands on its tail and from below the wings alight like a checker board Red shouldered hawk Buteo lineatus Not the hawk I saw but a decent approximation Photo from here An unexpectedly freezing spring day brilliant sun and not a cloud in sight And the hawks soared above me As if for the first time Share this More Email Press This Share on Tumblr Like this Like Loading This entry was posted in Birding Life nostalgia seeing and tagged binoculars outdoors persistence on March 31 2015 by Julia Zarankin Small Confession by Julia Zarankin 2 Replies Dearest birders I have a small confession to make We ve had a long and hard winter and I ve loved every minute of it particularly the birding The other day a friend innocently asked whether winter birding was better than spring birding Her question didn t come from sheer ignorance but rather in response to my overblown outsized enthusiasm for birding in freezing conditions I started laughing because of course here in southern Ontario nothing compares to the delights of spring birding neither in terms of quantity or quality Spring is where things are at warblers thrushes sparrows raptors an embarrassment of

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  • February | 2015 | Birds and Words
    bird walk around our farm with my scope binoculars and camera Birding has also been helpful to me during the difficult times my family has had to face in the past few years both of my maternal grandparents died in 2010 my paternal grandfather had a serious stroke last year and my father had cancer I ve learned that going birding often also helps to relieve stress because whether I go around our farm or the provincial park nearby it means very long walks And because we home school I m able to incorporate extra biology and bird reading into my studies which is great I m working through the Cornell Home Study course of bird biology What s next for Charlotte bird wise and otherwise I m in Grade 12 and not sure what I d like to do yet Even if my career later in life doesn t involve birds or birding I ll still enjoy birding as a personal passion Who are some of the birders ornithologists conservationists who have inspired you Sharon Stiteler is one birder I look up to She s funny and makes birding cool which is something I hope I ll be able to do I ve also been inspired by Kenn Kaufman and his book Kingbird Highway about his decision in 1973 to drop out of high school at 16 and hitchhike across the United States for a Big Year It s a wonderful book and a fascinating read and I hope to have such a grand adventure before too long What advice would you give a birder who is starting out Put up some bird feeders in your yard I think this is one of the best and easiest ways to start learning about the different kinds of birds in your area and observing their behaviour Get to know experienced birders in your area since they are some of the best resources for new birders and they re always encouraging It s also fun to go birding with others and you might learn about new hot spots and new species in the area Keep a notebook to write down your observations or make quick sketches You don t have to write a lot at first just list the species you see and keep notes about the details of your outings You can then look back and remember what species you saw and when Whether you re waiting for the first birds to visit your feeders or seeing that nemesis bird on your list be patient It might take a while to see a certain species but when you do it will be worth the wait Thank you Charlotte Share this More Email Press This Share on Tumblr Like this Like Loading This entry was posted in Birding Interview Life seeing and tagged American Goldfinch binoculars outdoors persistence on February 24 2015 by Julia Zarankin An Ookpik in an Ookpik by Julia Zarankin Leave a reply Dearest Birders You may have missed

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