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MVFN NatureNotebook Sighting

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!


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Recent Sighting and photos sent in June 12, 2017 by Lise Balthazar:

“The Bluebirds have been extremely active feeding their babies.  I have been keeping a close watch in the hope that I might see them fledge. The other day, after a rainstorm, the parents took a break for a little dip in a puddle.”


“During one of our walks, we spotted a few Cedar Waxwings.”




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Happy Mother’s Day!

“We’ve had many ducks and Canada Geese lately in the “back pond”…..and lo and behold I spotted some babies today!!  Turns out that some of those Geese have been nesting and they now have 5 babies! They can’t be more than a few days old .  Nat spotted another Geese family on Saturday, with 7 babies! This year is exceptional because of the flooded field. The Mississippi River runs at the back of our property and it usually floods the field in the Spring, but this year is pretty extensive.”

Photos just in time for Mother’s Day. Flooded fields have resulted in many bird sightings in the area, including this one  sent in on May 12th, from Sheridan Rapids resident, Lise Bathazar, with photos by Nat Capitanio.




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MVFN Nature Notebook Sighting

Extra Spring flooding is bringing reports of lots of interesting water birds on flooded fields in Lanark County.

This report and photos were sent in on May 10, 2017:

“Our back field is flooded, as it’s usually the case in the Spring, but this year it’s a bit more extensive.  It’s attracting several Mallards, Wood Ducks, Canada Geese, a Great Blue Heron and even 4 Greater Yellowlegs.”

Lise Balthazar

Sheridan Rapids

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MVFN Nature Notebook

Bluebirds are back, several local reports from early April are recorded here


On April 2, 2017 Eastern Bluebirds were seen by Howard and Mary Robinson:  “our Eastern Bluebirds are back on this bright Spring day.  Hope everyone has their MVFN bluebird boxes installed and/or cleaned out from last year.  We also saw and heard our first Eastern Pheobe of the season today.”

One pair of Eastern Bluebirds were checking out an MVFN nesting box.

Below are some of the fantastic photos sent in by Howard and also some from Lise Balthazar and Nat Capitanio in Sheridan Rapids.



Sheridan Rapids

Lise Balthazar reported on April 14th that “a pair of Eastern Bluebirds has been flying around our nesting boxes all week.” Lise sent in some photos taken by her husband Nat Capitanio.


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