By Natalie Sopinka
Ever get stumped trying to describe that smell after a misty, spring rain when the grass is dewy and lush? Well that smell has an official term, petrichor. Produced by interactions between plant oils, bacteria, and an organic compound called geosmin, petrichor is the earthy aroma after rain.
This spring, as the flowers bloom and the temperatures climb, the number of baby bird images being shared with OFNC’s Facebook group is also increasing exponentially. Time to test your baby bird vocabulary!
Goslings, or baby geese, are being spotted all around Ottawa this Spring.
No surprise here, these baby ducks following momma are ducklings.
Ottawa’s very own baby peregrine falcons, or eyases.
This cygnet/flapper will grow to be a majestic swan one day.
And a partridge in a pear tree, or in this case cheepers on a shoe!
A baby puffin can be referred to as a puffling, cute name for a cute chick!
Might this young chicken pair be a pullet (female) and cockrell (male)?
Nothing to see here, just a mother owl’s ridiculously fluffy owlets.
“It’s not easy waking up this good looking,” said the pigeon squab/squeaker.