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MVFN Nature Notebook sighting 

The following nature notebook sighting was received March 2, 2018.

Howard Robinson: “Mary and I were surprised and pleased to see a Pileated woodpecker feeding on Staghorn Sumac flowers on our property, Feb 23 2018.”

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MVFN Nature Notebook sighting received January 25, 2018

“The attached photo shows a Garter Snake that we were surprised to see on a recent hike (20th Jan 2018) while snow shoeing in the Marlborough Forest.

The temperature was above zero at about 3 degrees C. Perhaps the sudden change from much lower temperatures or excess melt water caused the snake to leave its hibernaculum.”

Howard Robinson

Note: the Garter Snake was very much alive. Howard took a short video recording and the snake can be seen moving across the snow and flicking it’s forked tongue (see video still image below).

 

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MVFN Nature Notebook Sighting

A sighting sent in December 15, 2017. Photos by Nat Capitanio

“Yesterday, we spotted a Fox at the back of our property. He was on the hunt and my husband, Nat Capitanio, was able to observe him as he did his “pouncing” and caught a mouse or a mole.”

Lise Balthazar, Sheridan Rapids

 

 

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Sharp-shinned hawk

A sighting sent in December 15, 2017. Photos by Nat Capitanio

“This morning, I spotted a Sharp-shinned hawk which had caught a Starling at the back of our property. It looks like an immature Sharp-shinned with spots on its back.”

Lise Balthazar, Sheridan Rapids

 

 

 

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