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Nature Notebook Sighting

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

 

Sharp-shinned hawk. photo Nat Capitanio

 

 

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Early one frosty morning . . . a multitude of spider’s webs

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A sighting sent in October 27, 2017. These photos seem to set just the right mood for Halloween:

“Early one frosty morning, we noticed a multitude of spider’s webs among the tree branches, shining in the rising sun, some of them blowing in the wind.”

Lise Balthazar, Sheridan Rapids

Webs in the trees. Nat Capitanio

Webs in the trees. Nat Capitanio

Webs in the trees-2 Nat CaptanioWebs in the trees-4 Nat Captanio

Webs in the wind. photo Nat Capitanio

Webs in the wind. photo Nat Capitanio

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Smooth Green Snake and Gray Treefrog

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MVFN NatureNotebook sighting and photos received August 2, 2017 (from Sheridans Rapids):

“The other day, I was filling a bird bath when I saw a bright thing coming out of the watering can; at first, I thought it was a leaf but I soon realized it was a tiny frog!! I rescued it and Nat took several pictures. It was about 1 inch long.
We also spotted a bright green snake, about 10 to 12 inches long.”
~Lise Balthazar
NOTE: Although the frog is green, the large, expanded toe disks and dark marking behind the eye, suggest it is a Gray Treefrog (Hyla versicolor). The snake is a Smooth Green (Opheodrys vernalis)
Gray Treefrog (Hyla versicolor)

Gray Treefrog (Hyla versicolor)

Gray Treefrog 2 photo N. Capitanio
Smooth Green Snake (Opheodrys vernalis)

Smooth Green Snake (Opheodrys vernalis)

Smooth Green Snake 2 photo Capitanio

 

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Monarch Butterfly at High Lonesome

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Male Monarch Butterfly

“It was a beautiful morning at High Lonesome on June 28 with nature as it should be. Attached is a photo of a male Monarch butterfly that was feeding among the wild flowers and here in plenty of time for Canada Day.”

~ Howard Robinson

NOTE: for information about High Lonesome Nature Reserve in the Pakenham hills, visit http://mmlt.ca/protecting-nature/our-protected-properties/high-lonesome-nature-reserve/

Male monarch butterfly feeding at High Lonesome

Male Monarch butterfly feeding on Viper’s Bugloss at High Lonesome

 

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Wild species to identify in this “first day of summer” MVFN Nature Note

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Below are photos of some species to test your identification skills. They are photos of recent sightings, sent in by Lise Balthazar June 21, 2017: three moths, a snake, and an amphibian. Photos are by Nat Capitanio.

To record your identification of one or more, or to see what others say, check out our MVFN Facebook page for a link to this post. We hope you enjoy a summer of observing nature!

Moth #1; photo Nat Capitanio

Moth #1; photo Nat Capitanio

Moth #2; photo Nat Capitanio

Moth #2; photo Nat Capitanio

Moth #3; photo Nat Capitanio

Moth #3; photo Nat Capitanio

photo Nat Capitanio

photo Nat Capitanio

photo Nat Capitanio

photo Nat Capitanio

 

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