Wednesday, September 2, 2015

BACK WHERE THEY BELONG

This picture captures the joy of releasing birds back to the wild better than any words.
Rob has been a volunteer driver for the Toronto Wildlife Centre for a while now. I don't often get to join him on pick-ups or releases because of our working different shifts, so it's a treat when we can do it together. 

An email went out to the volunteer list this past Saturday morning and we decided if they still needed someone we would do it. Rob picked up 8 orphaned Mallard ducks that were ready to return to the water, and also 3 warblers and a Ruby-throated Hummingbird that had had run-ins with downtown windows a few days before. Thankfully there are organizations like FLAP to help these songbirds, and the Toronto Wildlife Centre to care for them.

It is very rare for a hummingbird to survive a window strike, it was an honour to release him back to the wild to continue his journey.

Rob released the 3 warblers first, and they were gone like a shot! They perched in trees for a few minutes in our sight and then were off hunting bugs to eat to gain their strength for their migration. Rob let me release the hummingbird. So tiny he was, and in such a neat set up in the box with food. Then we both released all the ducks, opening the two enclosures at the same time. We backed up away from the carriers to give them space, but stayed close enough in case we had to corral them back towards the water. One by one, out they came, staying close together. It was such a great feeling to see them go into the water!

Rob releasing one of the warblers. Click on the photo to enlarge, you can see the bird.
Uncovering the hummingbird.
There he goes!
Getting himself situated.
Checking out his surroundings before he continues on his journey.
Cautious at first.
Making their way slowly to the water.
They took to it like ducks to water!
There really are no words to describe how amazing and rewarding it was to release these birds.

Friday, August 28, 2015

MOTLEY CRUE - ONE LAST TIME

Toronto's last Motley Crue concert, August 22nd, 2015.
Last Saturday, Rob and I did something with friends we'll never be able to do again, we went to see a Motley Crue concert in Toronto.

Motley Crue will never tour again when this concert tour comes to an end, at the end of this year. Sure, some of the members will go on with their side projects, but this was it for Crue in Toronto. I don't think I've ever been more aware of knowing I was seeing a band for the last time as I was Saturday night. It was bitter sweet.

As they played songs from their 35 year career I kept seeing the videos from the 80's play in my mind with the songs. And I was also flooded with my own Motley memories. FINALLY seeing them for the first time after moving here from Nova Scotia in June of 1990 at the Skydome on their Dr Feelgood tour. I was over the moon excited to be seeing a band I had been such a fan of for years. I remembered standing in line for hours at HMV on Yonge Street 16 years ago to meet them at a signing, and floating back home with my signed poster. Being lucky enough to meet Nikki at a private Hard Rock Cafe party in Florida in 2002. The Herion Diaries book signing in 2007, and the last time I saw them, "The Dead of Winter Tour" in February 2010, and lastly, seeing Nikki interviewed live for Canadian Music Week in March of 2011.

The energy inside the ACC center Saturday night was electric. You could feel the love for the band, and better yet, the love from the band for the crowd. I am so grateful I was a teenager in the 80's, I'm so glad I went to this concert, and I'm so grateful for Motley Crue, and especially Nikki, who unknowingly played a huge role in my teenage years.

Being a fan of this band over their career has been a memorable roller-coaster ride, and just like all great thrill rides, we were smiling when we got off.

I was pretty pumped about seeing Tommy-Lee ride "The Crüecifly".
We may of been in the 300 level, but we rocked like we had floors!
Nikki talking to the crowd.
This was insane, and I loved every minute of it.
The crew at the Crue! Thanks for the selfie Brian!
Jenn's final Motley tee.
Thanks to my friend Jenn for letting me use the photos she took with her phone!  

Click here for my Nikki blog from March 2011. 

Friday, August 14, 2015

MERRY & MOLLY - GET NATURE TV

Mesmerized!
A few weeks ago Rob introduced Merry & Molly to our favorite window in the house, the kitchen window. It over looks the backyard and we often refer to it as nature TV.

They were instantly hooked on our favorite channel and look forward to the shutters being opened every morning. The can easily pass away hours watching the birds and squirrels out there, and sometimes fall asleep on the window ledge.

We do plan to take them outside next Spring, like we did Meadow. They will be on a harness and leash, and also supervised. I only hope they will be as good as Meadow was out there, she preferred to chase the squirrels, not catch them and she never caught a bird, or really tried either, she was more like Garfield in that sense. 

For now, Merry & Molly can enjoy the view through the window and dream of the adventures yet to come.

Rob experimented with black and white settings.
OH! What are they?!
Wow, I can't wait to get out there!
Wondering why they can't be with us.
All that stimulation is exhausting.
Don't worry girls, it will be time for you to go out there with us soon enough.