MVFN Nature Notebook sighting received April 26, 2018
Howard Robinson (Clayton, ON) sent in the following report and photos:
“The Tom Turkeys were strutting in their regalia while the hens seem more focused on feeding. See attached original photos taken through the window Wednesday morning, April 25, 2018.”
NOTE: According to a press release for a 2010 MVFN talk by Cathy Keddy: “Wild turkeys unlike their domestic relatives, are strong agile fliers and are said to be ‘wild and wary to the point of genius.’ These cautious creatures have good eyesight and feed during the day, thus being quite visible to people and prone to receiving erroneous accusations relating to crop damage.”
“Every year the Trumpeter Swans return to Lanark County and often some stop in Carleton Place. This year was no exception when 2 Trumpeters arrived on the river at Centennial Park on Feb 23rd. Michel Gauthier emailed me and I arrived with two new birders to Carleton Place, Miles and Riley. For these 6 year-old birders it was their first views of a Trumpeter Swan.
We were joined by Michel as well as Mike Jaques for excellent views. There could be more arrivals in March as they enjoy stopping along the river at this time of year. They can also often be found at Lake Christie, on Rideau River near Smiths Falls and on McGowan Lake past Perth.”