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  • August | 2010 | Birds and Words
    had some wine but to be honest it wasn t nearly as exciting as the cheese or coffee I m now determined to find a great pie place in Toronto There s got to be someone around this mega metropolis who can make a great rhubarb strawberry ok I ll even take rhubarb raspberry pie HELP I m going through pie withdrawal Yes I ate it at every single meal until it was gone Hard work but totally worth it On the bird front all I saw were gulls And more gulls There may have been some other specimens but I was too busy consuming pie and cheese to really notice I guess some weekends are just more about eating than birding Share this More Email Press This Share on Tumblr Like this Like Loading This entry was posted in Uncategorized on August 18 2010 by Julia Zarankin fellowship by Julia Zarankin Leave a reply Share this More Email Press This Share on Tumblr Like this Like Loading This entry was posted in Uncategorized on August 18 2010 by Julia Zarankin obj1041geo576pg4p413 by Julia Zarankin Leave a reply Share this More Email Press This Share on Tumblr Like this Like Loading This entry was posted in Uncategorized on August 12 2010 by Julia Zarankin 512jbAjABlL BO2 204 203 200 PIsitb sticker arrow click TopRight 35 76 AA300 SH20 OU15 by Julia Zarankin Leave a reply Share this More Email Press This Share on Tumblr Like this Like Loading This entry was posted in Uncategorized on August 12 2010 by Julia Zarankin Soon to be Fall by Julia Zarankin Leave a reply I know it s only August 11 but let s rejoice at the fact that Fall will be here soon I love fall for many reasons not least of all because it s my birthday season which is always inexplicably thrilling I love the crisp air I love the leaves I love the ephemeral feel of autumn Things are drab to me in the summer every day basically looks the same and is hot and humid in much the same way As far as I can tell the only down side about fall is that Fall Migration isn t nearly as exciting as Spring I m told that most of the birds basically look brown Great So much for honing my ID skills Ah well at least the air will be crisp And with fall comes the new book season Among the many things I m looking forward to let me mention two books in particular Birds and Words favorite crime writer Robin Spano is launching the first of her Awesomest Clare Vengel Undercover Crime Novels in a matter of weeks I m terribly scared of suspense and Robin s mystery writing is the only kind that doesn t completely petrify me and throw me over the edge in fits of anxiety I m extremely excited about Dead Politician Society which comes out in early September Birds and Words

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  • July | 2010 | Birds and Words
    21 2010 by Julia Zarankin Sylvia atricapilla male 2 by Julia Zarankin Leave a reply Share this More Email Press This Share on Tumblr Like this Like Loading This entry was posted in Uncategorized on July 21 2010 by Julia Zarankin Gloriously Normal by Julia Zarankin Leave a reply The more you look the more you see Every passing minute is richer more rewarding The more birds you see the more birds you see When you recognize the patterns of daily life among the birds you know you will recognize something that breaks that pattern Once you have begun to understand the ordinary you prepare the way for the exceptional Once you have begun to savour the quiet joys of everyday birds you have made yourself ready for the peak experiences You are ready for that combination of the gloriously normal and the staggeringly unexpected that is the heart of the life of the bad birdwatcher and the good Simon Barnes How to be a Bad Birdwatcher If birdwatching is teaching me anything and it is even when I m not bird watching it s about finding pleasure in the gloriously normal Even crows look different now Not to mention the Canada geese OK I m getting a little too lyrical here I don t understand the appeal of Canada geese especially when they re in a pack and running after you Honestly I find them a little terrifying I love the term gloriously normal Isn t that what life is made up of Mundane little moments that if done carefully bring substantial joy once they re piled up Isn t that what being happy is all about learning to appreciate the gloriously normal I keep coming back to the connections between birding and writing and realized it s right here in this quote Writing for me is about learning to make the normal glorious Share this More Email Press This Share on Tumblr Like this Like Loading This entry was posted in Uncategorized on July 11 2010 by Julia Zarankin Back from Algonquin by Julia Zarankin Leave a reply Dearest Bird Aficionados I m back from my northern holiday We stayed at the best cottage lodge ever called Hay Lake Lodge As you guessed it s right on Hay Lake a 16 km long lake near the East gate of Algonquin Park Here is the view from my screened front porch If you look very closely you can see the screen s mini squares I suppose if I were a real photographer I would have taken a better photo but this pretty much captures the mood of the place Perfect The lake was gorgeous clear warm and I never tired of watching it I got to know this lake fairly well I swam in it daily both in my swimsuit and fully clothed We managed to tip our canoe twice within a 10 minute span in knee high water In fact I didn t know such a thing was

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  • June | 2010 | Birds and Words
    More Email Press This Share on Tumblr Like this Like Loading This entry was posted in Uncategorized on June 29 2010 by Julia Zarankin cropped green jay4 jpg by Julia Zarankin Leave a reply http birdsandwords files wordpress com 2010 06 cropped green jay4 jpg Share this More Email Press This Share on Tumblr Like this Like Loading This entry was posted in Uncategorized on June 29 2010 by Julia Zarankin 800px red winged blackbird natures pics jpg by Julia Zarankin Leave a reply http birdsandwords files wordpress com 2010 06 800px red winged blackbird natures pics jpg Share this More Email Press This Share on Tumblr Like this Like Loading This entry was posted in Uncategorized on June 29 2010 by Julia Zarankin New Look by Julia Zarankin Leave a reply I m craving a design change but don t know that this really cuts it Your thoughts For those of you familiar with WordPress templates do you have any suggestions for me I d like to keep the image I currently have Odon Lechner s Museum of Applied Arts in Budapest but I m open to all sorts of other changes I d love to know your thoughts And if you believed that Birds and Words looked better yesterday feel free to tell me that too I think I like this particular font more than the previous one What I d REALLY like however is Garamond font on my blog Now that would make me entirely thrilled Your thoughts Share this More Email Press This Share on Tumblr Like this Like Loading This entry was posted in Uncategorized on June 29 2010 by Julia Zarankin cropped 800px museo darte applicata jpg by Julia Zarankin Leave a reply http birdsandwords files wordpress com 2010 06 cropped 800px museo darte applicata jpg Share this More Email Press This Share on Tumblr Like this Like Loading This entry was posted in Uncategorized on June 29 2010 by Julia Zarankin Post navigation Older posts 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

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  • May | 2010 | Birds and Words
    posted in Uncategorized on May 21 2010 by Julia Zarankin shim by Julia Zarankin Leave a reply Share this More Email Press This Share on Tumblr Like this Like Loading This entry was posted in Uncategorized on May 21 2010 by Julia Zarankin dark honey bee hemberger by Julia Zarankin Leave a reply Share this More Email Press This Share on Tumblr Like this Like Loading This entry was posted in Uncategorized on May 17 2010 by Julia Zarankin Bees by Julia Zarankin Leave a reply It s Spring time The birds are out and the bees will be soon In anticipation of the bees and all the fine fine honey I ll be eating shortly here s my favorite bee like tune I just heard the most stunning rendition of Rimsky Korsakov s Flight of the Bumblebee transcribed for trumpet Enjoy Wynton Marsallis plays Flight of the Bumblebee ps does anybody know how to link to youtube on wordpress Share this More Email Press This Share on Tumblr Like this Like Loading This entry was posted in Uncategorized on May 17 2010 by Julia Zarankin Omens by Julia Zarankin Leave a reply I know all about the dangers of seeing a black cat cross your path But what about coming upon a howling OWL on a residential street I hope that constitutes good luck Great luck in fact The poor owl created quite a traffic jam We all got out and tried to help him across the street he was resistant and finally hid behind a parked car I wish I knew what kind of owl it was grey furry about a half foot tall Stunningly cute in spite of its loud yelping In fact he looked like a stuffed animal Shortly before that I stopped my car on a different residential street in order to make a phone call Ontario law now states that using a cell phone while driving will set you back 155 Great law overall And I m certainly discovering more side streets on account of that law since I now have to park then talk And suddenly I saw this I m pretty sure I saw a cardinal Of course it could well have been a scarlet tanager or some other exotic red feathered wonder that lives on the side streets of Toronto Since I m only a somewhat birder and very much a pre beginner at that I never really know what I m looking at I feel like people are overly modest these days and call themselves Beginner Birders when they re already at the stage that they have some 200 odd species under their belt but simply have a hard time remembering the Latin names for things well that puts us honest to goodness beginners in a rather difficult taxonomical position so that s why I have no other choice but to refer to myself as a pre beginner In any event the bird sighting felt like magic I ll take

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  • April | 2010 | Birds and Words
    sale rack had teddy bears and ultra smiley babies emerging from cabbages and cute looking animals of every persuasion and just when I thought I d have to go home empty handed I saw an Audubon calendar of North American Birds Needless to say I took it as a sign bought it immediately hung it on my wall and decided that 2010 would be My Bird Year It s now April and I m staring at a fabulous looking Green Jay cyanocorax yncas to be precise Isn t that the greatest little bird ever I recently bought a pair of boots that exact shade of green Perhaps not a very bird y thought but there you have it I ve been daydreaming about this little green jay every day since I first saw it on April 1 and have been imagining that I d see it at some point during migration season Actually I d never seen a bird that had all my favourite pen colours on it before yes I write letters in green and yellow pen And then I looked at the handy dandy Audubon map of North America that shows you exactly where and during which season you could expect to find the bird in question All I saw was a tiny purple dot in the southern tip of Texas Alas no plans to visit Texas just yet But good to know that I now have a reason for wanting to see TX Has anybody ever seen a Green Jay up close Share this More Email Press This Share on Tumblr Like this Like Loading This entry was posted in Uncategorized on April 22 2010 by Julia Zarankin Two Things by Julia Zarankin Leave a reply There are few things I love more than being on or near the water I suppose the only thing that would compete for the what I love most slot would be my bookshelves I guess that amounts to a whole lot more than ONE thing Or my red 1969 Olivetti Typewriter but that s a story for another time As a child I wasn t really introduced to the natural world My upbringing swayed more toward the cerebral end of the spectrum I learned languages memorized composers birth and death dates developed a crush on Franz Schubert at age 16 who wouldn t played musical instruments knew all about Van Gogh and his poor ear and could differentiate between Monet and Manet by age 11 I was dragged to the zoo I thought it smelled and avoided going back as best I could It took until I was in my mid 20s for me to develop an interest in nature And now that I think about it there were birds in the picture I was in graduate school and shared a house with a charming South African who had a dreamy accent and a bird fixation We lived next to the river and I spent many a Saturday morning pretending to

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  • March | 2010 | Birds and Words
    it was half white Up until that point I had been positive that crows were entirely black And there in the midst of Europe s only non Indo European speaking nation among the Fino Ugric speaking peoples in the land of paprika incredible spas and hot springs art nouveau masterpieces I saw a black and white crow You ll be glad to know I left it at that My first sighting of a Hungarian Crow Since returning home I ve started wondering Maybe everything I had taken to be a crow up until that point was actually a raven Maybe these Hungarian Crows are actually the real thing These are the things I wonder about sometimes After that I usually eat a piece of chocolate or two and get on with my day Share this More Email Press This Share on Tumblr Like this Like Loading This entry was posted in Uncategorized on March 28 2010 by Julia Zarankin Of Birds and Words by Julia Zarankin Leave a reply I never thought not in a million years that I d develop an interest in birds Actually it snuck up on me Well not quire I suppose I was looking for a hobby And then I happened to read an essay by Jonathan Franzen in the Discomfort Zone on the topic of birds and I wanted to see what they actually looked like up close The essay called My Bird Problem captivated me immediately and I found myself desperately wanting to develop a bird problem of my own And I figured that if Franzen could render the experience so literary then surely it was something I had to try first hand I ve had many reservations about becoming not that I m there yet not even close a birder First the binoculars No matter how you wear them they re dorky And heavy Second the early starts I must admit that I m not so coherent before 8 am and birding forces you out of bed much earlier than that Especially during migration season which I m about to experience Third the idea of being a birder The sound of the word felt geriatric to me And then I saw this My first red winged blackbird Before I went out birding I proceeded to buy at least ten books about birds from picture books to memoirs to personal narratives about the process of birding The one thing everybody agreed on seemed to be that you never forget your first bird I thought that was ridiculous because I d already seen hundreds of birds in my life including all those hideous pigeons that my sister and I used to run after near Queens Park years ago And then it happened Last April on a cold morning long before 8 am on the shores of Lake Ontario right near Humber College I looked through my binoculars and came face to face with the red winged blackbird I had found a birding group near

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  • Interview | Birds and Words
    passion and to learn more about how Bird Studies Canada which oversees the programs works This past November I was invited to Washington DC to be a part of a special 500th show broadcast of Ray Brown s Talkin Birds a radio show I started listening to in 2010 I had a wonderful time with the Talkin Birds crew and meeting everyone in person for the first time You can listen to the show here And I just got back from four weeks in Europe with my family Although it wash t primarily a birding trip I did get to do lots of birding in France and Germany and saw more than 70 lifers I m impressed at how you ve been able to cultivate a birding community what have you learned about birders All the birders I ve met online and in person have been so welcoming and generous with their time and knowledge they re always happy to see a young or teenage birder show an interest in birds and nature When I started the Alberta Birds Facebook group in 2012 I never imagined that in fewer than three years the group would have over 2 500 members from across Alberta Canada and even other parts of the world Members post their birding questions photos provincial bird news and anything bird related I m so glad so many people enjoy the group How does birding intersect with the rest of your life Birding is just a part of my life I m happiest going out for a 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

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  • nostalgia | Birds and Words
    I imagine how things might look through a scientific lens and how much richer my knowledge might be if I weren t so prone to anthropomorphizing the world around me And then I stop and realize that it couldn t possibly be any other way 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 This Birding Bug by Julia Zarankin 3 Replies It s winter 15 degrees celcius You set your alarm to 6 40 am on a Saturday You wake to near blizzard conditions You stare out the window in a semi stupor and evaluate the road conditions with the help of the weather channel Google various traffic alerts You determine that visibility on the roads are not ideal but not horrendous either You put on your long underwear pack your rain pants and stammer out the door You stop for a second and wonder whether it is wise to venture out in such weather whether you ll see anything today whether it s worth it Before you know it you re driving to meet your bird group You load up on coffee and head north to a small hamlet called Glen Williams where rumors of a Spotted Towhee lure you Those two words develop some sort of magnetic force A vagrant from the West accidentally finds himself in Southern Ontario in unfamiliar terrain A wiser person might have turned back when road visibility disintegrated and snow began to blow fiercely But the words Spotted Towhee draw you in You can almost taste them in Latin Pipilo maculatus And off you go Because you know all too well the whims of geographic error You too spent a few years in a landscape you couldn t figure out how to call your own Photo from here There is no way not to see this Spotted Towhee The fact that it s a life bird for the list you haphazardly keep draws you in but the fact that it s a bird who s lost its way keeps you from turning back And you arrive in Glen Williams an unexpectedly beautiful three street town with a fantastic used bookstore which the owner opens 2 hours early just so you can have a look and breathe in the first editions of Anne of Green Gables and Nancy Drews and relive your childhood for a minute and a coffee shop where you regret the coffee you purchased at Starbucks nevertheless you opt for a green tea and you find the house with bird feeders and you look And there on the ground by the front door next to a fat Mourning Dove you see the unfamiliar bird The gleaming black head with a brilliant red eye and white polka dots on its wings He s out of place no matter how hard he tries to commune with the Tree Sparrows You watch him hop about feasting on seeds perhaps wondering how it is that life brought him to this place he never knew existed And you marvel First you marvel because you can recognize the ravenous Dark eyed Juncos and the aggressive Chickadees and even the nonchalant Tree Sparrows and the lone Song Sparrow and the coquettish White Breasted Nuthatch and the monumental Northern Cardinal You marvel because four years ago those names would have meant nothing to you conglomerations of sounds was all they were And then you marvel because you recognize that you are where you need to be It s Saturday you re watching birds and it s as simple as that And though you understand that one mustn t anthropomorphize birds there s a connection you feel with the Spotted Towhee this misplaced avian stranger whose accent

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