Author Archives: quarksparrow

Adventures With an Overly Exuberant Underbed Monster

I imagine this is what happens when one allows their dust bunnies to grow a little too large. I had a hankering to do some illustration work, and this is what came out of it. May end up turning this one … Continue reading

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Cottage Moths

  A collection of moths from last weekend. Someone left the deck light on one evening, and by morning there was a variety of interesting critters clinging to the board and batten siding. Bearing with my poor moth id skills: Top … Continue reading

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Bruce Birding (Long Weekend)

Spring migration typically peters out out by the time the May long weekend arrives, but it came early enough this year to coincide with the peak warbler push on the Bruce Peninsula. I spent my first afternoon hiking the side … Continue reading

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Murder & Parliament

Realized moments too late that the ink I’d used on the crows wasn’t waterproof — had to cover up my nice wash with some pasty gouache to fix it.  Ah, well.  Watercolour, pen & coloured pencil.

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Northern Shrike

Shrikes are obscenely cute for something so ferocious, and I’m terribly fond of them.  I spied this young bird streaking past while out searching for Snowy Owls on Saturday, and promptly turned the car around for a better look. I … Continue reading

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Guelph Lake Varied Thrush

A female Varied Thrush has been hanging out near the Guelph Lake dam since at least the beginning of last week. I headed out into the -22C cold Saturday morning, joining a shivering group of birders at the trail head … Continue reading

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Dragon In My Garage

I began this book as a summer project and intended to finish it for Carl Sagan Day back in November, but life inevitably got in the way and I slid past more than a few self-imposed deadlines. I was paging … Continue reading

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