Author Archives: Craig Ritchie

About Craig Ritchie

Craig Ritchie was born in Toronto and has always held a deep fascination with nature and wildlife. After an initial attempt at putting a bird feeder in the yard led to confrontations with gangs of house sparrows and mischievous raccoons, he set out to learn more about birds and birding, sharing those discoveries on his blog. Craig currently divides his time between southern Ontario and Prince Edward Island.

Winter in Southern Ontario

How many times have we heard the expression be careful what you wish for? Last time I wrote an update for this blog  I was lamenting the lack of migrating birds and the blah fall weather. I even said I … Continue reading

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Southern Ontario’s Waiting Game

For many children, the last few weeks leading up to Christmas are a period when time stands still. Or at the very least, it seems to move a lot slower than usual. Weeks feel like months and days feel like … Continue reading

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Southern Ontario’s Continuing Bird Vacuum

The unusually variable weather pattern that has characterized autumn 2017 in southern Ontario has continued on without too much change. Although the days are growing shorter and the nights are getting long, bird migrations – at least in our area … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving Birding in Southern Ontario

Early fall in southern Ontario has, so far at least, been what the weather people call “variable.” One day it’s 30 degrees outside, the air conditioner is running and dinner comes from the barbecue. The day after that, it’s cool … Continue reading

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Southern Ontario’s September Migrations

Once Laura and I began getting more serious about peeping at birds, it didn’t take long to realize that September is a very special month. Here in southern Ontario, September marks the beginning of the fall migrations, and you start … Continue reading

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A Visit To The Burlington Ship Canal

Located at the extreme western end of Lake Ontario, the city of Hamilton sits on a large, shallow bay which is connected to the big lake by the Burlington Ship Canal. The canal – 385 feet (118 m) wide and … Continue reading

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Early Summer on Prince Edward Island

We live in southern Ontario, but we also have a summer place in Prince Edward Island. Laura and I spent a couple of vacations getting to know the island, we fell in love with it, and we ultimately bought a … Continue reading

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Changes

Turn and face the strange Ch-ch-changes! – David Bowie I have more than once caught myself humming David Bowie’s 1972 hit Changes over the past few weeks. Spring in southern Ontario is very much a season of changes – from … Continue reading

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Curiosity

Although curiosity didn’t do much good for the proverbial cat, I have to confess it has always served me well, continually opening my world to delightful new discoveries. Most recently, this has come to include the joy of watching birds. … Continue reading

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