Author Archives: Susan Ellis

Christmas Bird Count

It’s  Saturday. It’s 7:00 am. It’s pitch dark. And it’s -25C. It’s time for the Christmas Bird Count. I have been participating in the CBC for the past eight years, and it has become my winter ritual. It is my … Continue reading

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The Time In Between

It starts with a single red leaf falling from the maple tree. And we know that Nature has sent her signal. With a slow blooming blaze of colour, autumn washes the trees from green to yellow to orange to copper … Continue reading

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Living on the Edge

Living on the edge of the Ottawa River has its ups and downs, both literally and figuratively. As the seasons change, the river levels change from tossing and turbulent to tranquil, and finally frozen.  In autumn especially, I recognize what … Continue reading

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Siren Sounds

It’s inevitable. There comes a moment.  A  time of knowing. Spring yearnings that gave way to summer sensations now yield to autumn harvest and the Southern Siren sounds. It’s time to go. This is not just true for the birds … Continue reading

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Summer Songs

We wait for it the minute it’s gone. Summer. Long, languid days followed by starry nights staring at the bonfire. Full moons. Crashing thunderstorms followed by placating rainbows.These are the songs of summer. We hum them in our minds all … Continue reading

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Mergansers and their un-Common Mothers.

As an avid birder, the depth and scope of my little “hobby” has deepened and widened over the years, and I also  accumulated a few dozen or maybe several dozen bird carvings, bird paintings, bird clothing (especially fond of socks),binoculars, … Continue reading

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Yard Birds

One of the nice things about June is having a great variety of birds in and around the yard  here in the Ottawa Valley. Having a birthday in June is icing on the cake! These shots were all taken within … Continue reading

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Using Common Senses

Today I had to travel from Pembroke to Brockville, a 3 hour trip along two lane highways, that wind through quaint little towns like Pakenham, Almonte, Carleton Place, Franktown, Smith Falls, and my personal favourite, Newbliss. It was a beautiful drive, … Continue reading

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I’d Rather Be Birding. Seriously.

Over the past few days, as I thought about what I’d write for this blog I mainly thought about Spring, and this  seemingly everlasting Winter that is keeping us forever in its grip. I thought about the typical birds I … Continue reading

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Awaiting Spring and Come What May

It’s been  a long winter in the Ottawa Valley, and to help hurry it along, I think about the pleasures that lie ahead, with a trip to one of the greatest birding spots in eastern North America. This post was … Continue reading

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