Garden

June 24, 2012Travel, Travel Topics

We live in the far northwestern edge of Prenzlauer Berg, a neighborhood now known for its expensive real estate, babies everywhere, and those who want to live a sanitized version of Berlin life. There is a lot of truth to that stereotype—here and in other neighborhoods, too. But there are pockets like our corner, where … Read More

Berlin Guide: Tiergarten Picnic

June 20, 2012Berlin

  Photos by Anthony Berlin’s parks are truly used as backyards, especially by its residents who have no balconies—us included. On nice evenings or weekend afternoons we go to the little park by our flat, but sometimes I crave bigger, lusher spaces. The Tiergarten, Berlin’s largest park (250 acres), has streams, ponds, and meadows—as well … Read More

Weekend

June 12, 2012Travel, Travel Topics

The birds are back! But we are seriously regretting not following through with our plan of putting little hats on them so that we can easily identify who’s who—it’s hard to tell now. This is what I think: the littlest one came back early one morning followed by mom or dad. Had a quick feed … Read More

Feathered Friends

May 29, 2012Travel, Travel Topics

To my delight, I’ve had a regular visitor to my studio these last couple of weeks: a naughty but charming little bird who flies in and out as he pleases, stealing bread and amusing me to no end. On the other side of the flat, Peeper #1 left the nest for good a few days … Read More

The week in pigeons

May 21, 2012Travel, Travel Topics

The pigeons got their feathers this week and seemed to triple in size. There’s hardly room in the flower pot for three anymore, especially when certain small ones do test flaps with their wings. Two prospective nesters visited the neighborhood (last photo), inspecting the eaves and rooftops—and totally eyeballing Paul and Stevie’s Haus. They’ll have … Read More

Field Report: The Spectators

May 15, 2012The Field Report

On Friday I looked out the window to find that our baby birds had discovered the world beyond the rim of their nest. They were looking around like it was entertainment…they also kind of remind me of those two old guys up in the balcony on the Muppet Show. It was totally fascinating to see … Read More

Pigeon Friends

May 10, 2012Berlin

Hi all. Thanks for your enthusiastic pigeon comments these last days. They are growing super fast. Their little feathers are coming in and in a couple of weeks they will be gone, the parents, too—I guess that they don’t keep the same nest. That makes me a little sad, so we’ll enjoy them while they … Read More

Field Report: Baby bird food coma

May 8, 2012Berlin, The Field Report

Does it make me some kinda nutjob if I post about pigeons multiple times in a row? Because I’ll be honest, I check on them like 50 times a day. I don’t mean to go all National Geographic on you or do some kind of bait-and-switch from photo blog to some weirdo baby/pigeon blog thing. … Read More

Field Report: Baby birds

May 4, 2012The Field Report

We’ve got baby pigeon snuggling happening here, people! They hatched in the night and were on their own for about an hour this morning—there is a lot of cuteness in that little flower pot. They are like little bobbleheads in there. I had to film it and that prompted me to make a little mini … Read More

Neighbors

April 23, 2012Travel, Travel Topics

Anthony caught a rare sight, mid shift change, when our new neighbors traded egg-warming duty. Two little eggs! Their residence in the flower pot on the abandoned balcony next door has become a teachable moment for us about all things pigeon. I can’t stop peeking out at them. By our calculations, the babies are going … Read More

Home Again

April 17, 2012Berlin, Travel, Travel Topics

A couple of you have written to ask…what happened to us. Where are we? What’s going on? We are in Berlin, folks—thank you for your hellos and for checking in on us! We’ve been back a little over a week. That trip was fun, but it was exhausting. Moving around all the time and trying … Read More