Hummingcrow & Co.

spring

Seán   Secret of the ghost swing

Trumpet Honeysuckle - 20.5.15

Known in some Salishan languages as the 'swing of the ghost' (or of the owl: q’ít’əәʔəәtsəәspəәlqwít’thəәʔ), this beautiful western trumpet honeysuckle provides food and shelter for at least 20 bird species in our area, and is also frequented by swallowtail butterflies. Likewise, amongst hominids, its nectar has served as a natural treat for children, its leaves and bark used for medicine, and its stems for building bridges.

Trumpet Honeysuckle - 20.5.15

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Kate  #Meanwhile

A robin alerts its kin of danger from a lichen-laden perch.

May 26, '12: robin with mouth full of worms lands on my head

Seán   Happy World Migratory Bird Day!

A male rufous keeping a wary eye out for rival Anna's hummingbirds

In honor of World Migratory Bird Day, here are a few photos of rufous hummingbirds (Selasphorus rufus) which have visited us here over the past couple of years.

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Seán   Weed-of-the-Week: Stinky Bob

Stinky Bob - 20.5.13

Although weeding is a daily duty here, we've started a weekly tradition called Weeding Wednesday during which we each spend a focused chunk of 水曜日 crawling around the Hill pulling Undesirable Plants to make room for greater biodiversity. In light of this new custom, I thought I'd take some time to research one of the weeds that I've been focusing on today:

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Kate  #Meanwhile

Morning pearls of dew are beaded onto threads of moss

A sparkling chalice awaits a thirsty faery

A lupine contact juggler balances its ball with care

Kate  Hum Hill Recipe Corner: Simple Banana Oat Pancakes   Seán

On a typical day here, we're usually munching down bowls of granola for breakfast (partially because we wake up at very different times). But when we want to have a fancy breakfast together, we whip up this nice simple pancake recipe which Seán's mom introduced us to (and accentuate it with granola, of course):

Banana Oat Pancake Stack - 20.5.10 Seán's glorious stack for Mother's Day

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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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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...

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March 31, '10: Chickadee stuffing nest box