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My name is Jillian, I’m 32, and I currently call Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada home, where I spend my winters with my cat, Chai, who likes to participate in everything I do.  For the past nine years I’ve been spending the warmer half of the year living out of a suitcase and doing avian field work– hence the birds in Birds and Baking.

I reserve the right to talk about more than just birds and/or baking!  There’s cooking, Chai, crafts, nature in general, and random things… I started this blog as a way to share more about my life with distant family and friends, but I welcome all readers.  If you’ve stumbled across my blog and have enjoyed something about it, I would love a comment!  And I’d especially love to know if you try a recipe I’ve shared.

As for about my cooking:

I am not a vegetarian but often cook like one.  When I do eat meat  I only use locally-raised, non-factory-farmed meat.  I try as much as possible to start from scratch and use minimally-processed ingredients (food, rather than food products!) to avoid potentially harmful food additives.  That said, I do make exceptions, for example, you will notice I use food colouring when making frosting.  I am trying to reduce the amount of sugar that I consume, however, it may not be apparent from my posts, because I still love to make sweets– I just try to make them for other people!  If there is a link back to an original recipe that I’ve modified, you will notice I almost always decrease the amount of sugar used.  I am also a big advocate of supporting fair trade and buying local.

All images on this blog are my own unless otherwise noted.   If you are interested in using any of my photographs, I am glad that you like them, but please ask me for permission first.

To see my bird (and other nature) photography, please visit Sparrow Images.

To see more photos of Chai and other random bits of my life, follow theovenbird on Instagram.

To contact me by email you can reach me at sparrowimages AT

6 Comments leave one →
  1. elmediat permalink
    July 24, 2011 7:13 pm

    Great blog – nice variety of subjects. I have added it to my Canad & Commonwealth Photography blog-roll.

    • August 29, 2011 5:55 pm

      I’m glad to hear that you enjoy my blog– it is a little random but I like talking about many aspects of my life!

  2. April 22, 2012 10:18 pm

    Thanks for stopping by our blog. Really enjoyed looking around yours, lots of recipes for the kind of food we like so I think we shall be doing some experiementing in the kitchen soon!

  3. April 26, 2012 11:44 am

    Thank you for such great advice, and I love your site. 🙂

  4. Eric permalink
    November 29, 2013 7:10 am

    We loved the cat pictures:-)
    Awesome blog. Our cat is named Smoothie and she also sits on our laptop!

  5. December 3, 2013 7:18 pm

    Hi Jillian,
    I came across your blog and love it! Your descriptions of Costa Rica remind me of my time there. Also like your cooking/food philosophy. Looking forward to more.

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