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I am a somewhat birder and a writer in Toronto, Canada. I enjoy pointing my binoculars at a variety of different things. When I’m not writing, lecturing, editing, teaching or reading, chances are I’m either cooking, bookmaking, playing the piano, swimming, listening to obscene amounts of Bach, or harboring a completely irrational affection for Budapest. My writing has appeared in The Threepenny ReviewPRISM International,  Antioch Review, Birding, the Globe and Mail, The Dalhousie Review, and 2: The Magazine for Couples. I blog regularly at Ontario Nature and review books for Birding.

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  1. Fireweed permalink
    March 29, 2010 6:02 pm

    How much Bach do you have to listen to for it to be obscene? I may be obscene without even knowing it. Did you take the above photo in Budapest?

  2. March 30, 2010 1:03 pm

    Lately, the Bach count has been about 8+ hours/day. The problem is that I get fixated on a cd and it’s in there on auto-replay, and before you know it it’s obscene.

  3. May 10, 2010 4:50 pm

    It is you Julia! Had no idea you were so interested in Birds! We have lots on our property – it is delightful to wake up in the morning with the birds singing. This spring we discovered a nest being built on one of the extended logs at the back door of the house. Bed and Breakfast visitors love it over here.

    • May 10, 2010 4:54 pm

      Thanks so much for reading!! Yes, birds are a new thing. I’ve long been curious, but only recently started waking up at 5 am to “feed” my curiosity:)

  4. Renee Switzer permalink
    June 7, 2011 12:03 am

    Julia, Renato and I have been prevented from using our gazebo while a Robin nests it’s eggs under the roof delicately sitting on top of one of the logs. Not wanting to frighten the bird, we watch from the distance. This is the third nest we have been fortunate enough to have around the property, but the first that has taken over one of our favorite spots.
    See you in August! Renee and Renato

  5. Paul Keeton permalink
    July 18, 2012 2:00 am

    Hi Julia,
    Is it okay to share your Blog with a Birder-friend of mine? I am greatly missing “The Idiot” seminar at Toronto Pursuits, especially your wonderful insight and that it is my favorite novel.
    Paul Keeton

  6. jandunlap permalink
    October 9, 2012 4:20 pm

    Julia, I hope you’ll take a reading break with my newest Birder Murder Mystery, titled “A Murder of Crows” – my publisher is offering it as a FREE Kindle this week at Amazon, so it’s a great chance for you to ‘go’ birding with my fictional protagonist Bob White. It’s set in October in Minnesota, and involves wind turbines, birds (of course!), a celebrity wrestler and high school drama queens. I hope you’ll download your free copy and invite all your birding and reading friends to do the same!

  7. etti, yes, that etti permalink
    May 14, 2013 11:27 pm

    Julia, love your blog! Do you read Jonathan Franzen? Love, Etti

    • May 15, 2013 10:23 am

      Etti! I’m so glad you found my blog! I adore Jonathan Franzen! That’s how I got into birding in the first place…!

  8. etti, yes, that etti permalink
    May 15, 2013 10:24 am

    i had the feeling… how are you? thinking about you, missing you a lot! crazy finals week, you must be happy not to be a part of it…


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