Hummingcrow & Co.

spring

Kate   Happy World Migratory Bird Day!   Seán

This year, our local bird observatory are hosting the first annual Victoria Bird Week! We're looking forward to filling out our Bird Bingo card over the feather-ful days ahead and attending some of the fascinating talks. Meanwhile, here are some charming migratory birds we've been noticing on the hill today:

  Chipping sparrow (short-distance migrant) preening after a bath

  Violet-green swallow (medium- to long-distance migrant) spotted house-hunting through one of our feather friendly windows

  Rufous hummingbirds (long-distance migrant) [see also: last year's post]

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~🕷️ jumping spider Hello from Phidippus Johnsoni, Johnson’s Jumping Spider! This cutie entertained me for a while the other day, showing off its long front legs, big glossy eyes and fuzzy moustache-like pedipalps.

Note the pollen-covered surface— it’s coating everything right now!

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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  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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Kate  #Meanwhile

crossbills A conga line of colourful crossbills (Loxia curvirostra) descend upon our bird bath.

March 25, '02: Swallows look in new house

Seán   Art Bird Card Sneak Beak  Kate

Sneak beak

We're excited to be collaborating once again on an illustration for Metchosin Art Pod's Bird Cards, co-presented by the Rocky Point Bird Observatory. Keep an eye out in late May for the full reveal and more details!

Seán   Humm Hill Recipe Corner: Granola

18.07.05

While making a large batch of granola last night, I thought it might be nice to share this simple recipe which has become a staple for me over the past couple of years. Kate originally introduced me to making homemade granola, and once I learned how easy and versatile it is, there was no turning back. It’s also something that can easily be made in large batches and keeps well in the pantry for a couple of weeks (at least! But it doesn’t usually survive being eaten longer than that in our household, so I can’t vouch for beyond that). Apparently you can also refrigerate or freeze it, but I’ve yet to try that.

Confession: I’m much more of an intuitive cook/baker who’s more comfortable experimenting with food than writing out recipes, but here goes:

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🌱 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