Hummingcrow & Co.

Seán   #Meanwhile

A thirsty female rufous hummingbird A thirsty rufous hummer (Selasphorus rufus) returns from her long-distance journey.

April 8, '10: Hummingbirds thick as wasps at feeders this pm -
20 rufous + Annas swarm at dusk
April 11, '04: 'a hummbird wades into bird bath & takes a bath like a robin'



Kate   🌿 Ecological Signs 🐛

Hello friends! 🌱

I hope you've been enjoying whatever seasonal changes are happening in your neighbourhood. Over here, the bumblebees are out enjoying early spring blooms, violet-green swallows are swooping above catching insects, and the feisty, tiny orange rufous hummingbirds have arrived to refuel after their long migration. 🌸 – – – 🐝 I've been busy with more sign-making! Here are three that I made for Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary; friendly reminders to keep to the trail and to not pluck plants:

restoration sign Nodding onion and fawn lily bowing to each other. Spot the bee on the onion!

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Kate  Pysanky a Plenty  

pysanky row spring gold Colourful eggs among the spring gold

Back when I lived in Halifax, my neighbours had a tradition of inviting friends over every Easter to eat snacks and make pysanky, or Ukrainian Easter-eggs. It was always such a lovely time, creating designs by candlelight with friends.

After moving to BC, I missed it so much that I bought myself a kit at the cute Ukrainian Canadian Cultural Centre gift shop and taught Seán & his mom how to make them, to try to recreate those warm feelings and have fun playing with dyes and wax.

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Seán  

Spring gold (Lomatium utriculatum) Spring gold (Lomatium utriculatum)

Today was likely the last sunny day we'll have here over the next week, so Kate and I spent some time out removing invasive daphne and scotch broom, both of which spread easily, crowding out the native ecosystem. After a fair deal of grunting and sweating, we made a very satisfying amount of headway.

#Meanwhile, I encountered a few more of our non-human neighbors...

See more photos in the Scuttleverse: Hermies dancing %wN8TxyoN7kTIv9MLcPr2awcSWUdmd0rKpY7jtNSfVjY=.sha256

March 31, '10: Chickadee stuffing nest box

Kate  Flicker Tango

flicker tango

I was recently listening back to this recording while simultaneously watching home videos of northern flickers dancing atop the roof, and it fit so well that I had to name it after them.

Read more about this tune on my Patreon.

🌱 Sounds of the first spring morning 🎶

Birds in this recording, as identified by Kate:

American Robins, Common Ravens, Pacific Wren, Rooster, California Quail, Dark-eyed Juncos, Gulls (Glaucous-winged?), Anna’s Hummingbirds, Northwestern Crows, Pine Siskin, Downy Woodpecker? (drum), Spotted Towhee, Northern Flicker

~13 Species in 14 minutes

Seán   #Meanwhile

hoverfly (Criorhina nigripes) A fuzzy hoverfly (Criorhina nigripes) prepares for a busy day of pollinating.

March 16, '10: Hummingbirds & snow

Seán   #Meanwhile

satin-flower A slopeside satin flower (Olsynium douglasii) heralds the return of spring.

March 4, '84: Satin flower on my slope

Kate   Grease Pencil Doodles

It's time to March our way towards spring! Hope you're enjoying the various sproutlings that are poking up 🌱 , or if you're still covered in snow, keeping an ear tuned to any birdsong that tells of warmer days to come 🎶 🌤.

Native Plant Webinar Doodles

I have an ever-accumulating pile of sketches. Most of them are made at the dining table while having planning meetings, listening to webinars/podcasts, or while having lengthy conversations with Seán about life, death, dreams, art, plants, birds, animism, the multiverse, magic, or any other things that happen to be of interest in the moment.

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Seán   Sidney Spit Restoration Adventure

20.2.29 - Sidney Spit Restoration

Yesterday, Kate & I had an opportunity to do some restoration #volunteering with the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve on a beautiful tear-drop-shaped spit jutting out from Sidney Island which is home to a coastal sand ecosystem (rare in this region) which hosts several at-risk species such as the contorted-pod evening-primrose, Edwards' beach moth, & the ground-nesting (deceptively-named) common nighthawk.

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