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Nature Notebook

 MVFN Nature Notebook: What are these wild turkeys doing?

Recent sighting received February 6, 2017:

Lise Balthazar, Sheridan Rapids: Photos of wild turkeys.

They seemed to be ” having an argument . . .  It looks like they locked beaks and kept pushing each other, back and forth. I had never seen that behavior before: normally, there’s a dominant one who walks in circles around another turkey crouching on the ground. I am not sure who won this argument, as they disappeared into the woods. ”

Wild Turkeys. photo Lise Balthazar

Wild Turkeys. photo Lise Balthazar

Wild Turkeys 2. photo Lise Balthazar

Wild Turkeys 2. photo Lise Balthazar

Photos by Lise Balthazar

 

MVFN Nature Notebook: Coyote or coyote x wolf hybrid?

Recent sighting received January 25, 2017

Lise Balthazar, Sheridan Rapids reported: “Yesterday [January 24], in the middle of the snow storm, I spotted a large animal running after a group of deer in our back field. It looked too big to be a coyote but a bit small to be a wolf. Could it be a coywolf?”

Photos were taken by Nat Capitanio

Tyler Wheeldon (Trent University) who spoke at our October lecture: “It can be difficult to accurately identify wolves/coyotes in central Ontario based on physical size and appearance due to hybridization that has occurred between wolves and coyotes, both historical and contemporary, which has led to intermediate-sized canids of variable appearance. Typically, genetic analysis is required to confidently assign an animal as wolf or coyote in central Ontario. However, based on the photos and the location of the sighting, my personal opinion is that the animal in question is probably an eastern coyote and not an eastern wolf, or at least is more coyote-like than wolf-like. The face seems quite coyote-like to me.”

photo Nat Capitanio

photo Nat Capitanio

photo Nat CapitanioCoy-wolf hybrid 3 Capitanio Jan 2017

photo Nat Capitanio

photos Nat Capitanio

 

 

 

Evening Grosbeaks

MVFN Nature Notebook Sighting received January 19, 2017

Brenda Boyd was thrilled to see Evening Grosbeaks at her feeder today:.”. . .   first time I’ve had them at my feeder this winter – very exciting!” Brenda has sent in these photos.

Evening Grosbeaks Clayton, ON. photo Brenda Boyd

Evening Grosbeaks Clayton, ON. photo Brenda Boyd

Evening Grosbeaks, Clayton, ON. photo Brenda Boyd

Evening Grosbeaks, Clayton, ON. photo Brenda Boyd

 

 

MVFN Nature Notebook Sighting: Hundreds of Snow Buntings

Sighting received Jan 11, 2017: Lise Balthazar is seeing hundreds of Snow Buntings on her property and sends some photos:

” The numbers have been gradually increasing and we now have about 200 birds visiting and feeding every day. I feed them white millet. I keep in touch with the Snow Bunting Network; they have volunteers who do banding of those birds to track their movements and to try to understand why their numbers are declining. For years now, I have been asking that group if someone could come and band some of our birds, but I haven’t had any success yet.”

Snow Buntings, Lanark, Jan 3, 2016. photo Lise Balthazar

Snow Buntings, Lanark, Jan 3, 2017. photo Lise Balthazar

Snow Buntings, Lanark. photo Lise Balthazar

Snow Buntings, Lanark. photo Lise Balthazar

Snow Buntings, Lanark, Jan 6, 2017. photo Lise Balthazar

Snow Buntings, Lanark, Jan 6, 2017. photo Lise Balthazar

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Lise Balthazar

Sheridan Rapids

 

MVFN Nature Notebook Sighting: Northern Goshawk

Sighting received Jan 6, 2017:  “In the late snowy afternoon of December 31, 2016, I spotted a large bird landing in a tree. After close observation, I realized it was a Northern Goshawk. It sat on a branch for several minutes and I managed to take a few pictures, albeit a bit dark and the camera was trying to focus on the branches.  That observation was included in the 2016 Lanark Highlands Christmas Bird Count, December 30, 2016.”

Lise Balthazar, Lanark, Ontario

Northern Goshawk, Lanark, December 2016. photo Lise Balthazar

Northern Goshawk, Lanark, December 2016. photo Lise Balthazar

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