The Magic of the Monarch Migration

We’ve had Monarch butterflies in our Arizona yard recently. They may be migrating south to Mexico, north-west to California or they may overwinter here if the conditions are favourable. The Monarch’s Southern fall migration is made by a single butterfly that will live for 6 to 8 months. The Northern spring migration will take multiple…

Frozen Leaves Encased in Ice

It’s fall here in Alberta. Sunny days, temperatures well above freezing – until a few days ago. We woke that morning and greeted our first snow day. Over the next few days we had more snow, some melting, a misty rain that was almost snow and another freezing night.  The next morning it was sunny…

A Wet Northern Cardinal

This past spring, my Blue Potato Bush needed a good watering, so I turned on the sprinkler. This piqued the interest of a female Northern Cardinal that was lunching on the seeds of a nearby Gopher Plant. It didn’t take her long to decide this source of H2O was perfect for showering. She flew into…

fledged robin

American Robin – The Endless Quest for Food

A pair of American Robins built a nest on top of the electric meter at our house. For just over a month we watched (and worried) while the parents hunted for food (an endless quest), protected the nest, and raised their two chicks. We were very careful to keep our distance for the entire time,…