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Young Birders view Trumpeter Swans’ return to Lanark County

MVFN Nature Notebook 2018

“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.”

Iain Wilkes, Carleton Place

Young Birders first viewing of Trumpeter Swans. photo S. Wilkes

Trumpeter Swans, Carleton Place 2018, photo M. Gauthier

photo Susan Wilkes

photo Susan Wilkes

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Pileated Woodpecker on Staghorn Sumac

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.”

A Pileated woodpecker on Staghorn sumac. photo by Howard Robinson

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Garter Snake out in January in Marlborough Forest

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).

Garter Snake in Marlborough Forest, Jan 20, 2018. photo Howard Robinson

Image from short video of same Garter Snake. Video Howard Robinson


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Snowy Owl sighting in Mississippi Mills

MVFN Nature Notebook sighting from January 10, 2018

The following nature notebook sighting account and photographs were received January 12, 2108


Snowy owl sighted 2018 Lanark County, ON photo Nat Capitanio

photo Nat Capitanio

photo Nat Capitanio

photo Nat Capitanio

photo Nat Capitanio

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Fox on the hunt in Lanark Highlands

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


Fox on the hunt in Lanark Highlands. photos Nat Capitanio


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