The best of 2008

As I indicated yesterday, today is my one-year blogoversary. To mark the occasion, I thought I’d pick out my favourite post from each month in 2008 and highlight them here. This proved tougher than I originally anticipated, with some difficult decisions having to be made, particularly during the summer months when there’s so much of interest to talk about. However, here are the ones I ended up selecting. For readers who joined me mid-year, some of these may be new and I hope you find them interesting! For readers who have been with me since the start, I hope you enjoy re-reading them!


January One amongst the redpolls
I went out to fill the feeders, and a whole flock of hungry redpolls swarmed them before I had moved away, a pretty neat experience.

Gypsy Moth pupa case

February Cattail thwacks revisited
A post about gypsy moth egg masses I found on the trunks of some trees mid-winter.

Cattail Caterpillar

March Cotton candy for blackbirds
I love this one because it lead to a probable new BC record for the species after Wandering Weeta read my post and investigated her own cattail patch.

Red-tailed Hawk

April Red-tail fly-by
A Red-tailed Hawk hanging around low enough for some neat shots.

Eastern Tent Caterpillars

May Tenting it with the family
I really deliberated over May, but this one finally won out. I have a thing for underdogs, and I thought the silk trails were cool.

Gray Treefrog

June Gray, but not really
A delightfully obliging (or distracted?) Gray Treefrog that I discovered in my parents’ water garden one evening.

Male and female dobsonflies

July X-rated Dobsonflies
We all need a little animal porn now and then.


August Arrival of the dog-days
I had trouble with August. August found us in a new home, in an absolutely stunning location, full of new things. I finally settled on this one because it’s an event you don’t often get a chance to observe.

Hairy Woodpecker

September Hammerhead, harpoon-tongue
This woodpecker hung around the yard for a few days, allowing some great views.

Northern Walkingstick, Diapheromera femorata

October All legs
I hardly ever come across walkingsticks, so this one was exciting to find clinging to the outside of the house one morning.

Biotite mica

November Relicts of a past age
I don’t do much with geology or minerals, so this was an different subject. It was also an interesting look at some of the history of the area.


December The Carolinian woodpecker
I was very excited when this bird showed up at our feeders, since it’s uncommon in our area, and happens to be one of my favourite woodpeckers.