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Evening Grosbeaks a welcome site

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

 

 

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Hundreds of Snow Buntings

MVFN Nature Notebook Sighting

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

 

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Northern Goshawk during Lanark Highlands Count

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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Gray Jays in Lanark County

Gray Jays in Lanark County

November 15, 2016

There are Gray Jays in Lanark County.

Howard Robinson has reported that we still have Gray Jays in Lanark County. While visiting a property in Lanark Highlands (Dalhousie) today, three Gray Jays were seen busily feeding and storing food.  There are many spruce trees on the property which is probably the big draw for the birds. 

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Gray Jays. photo Howard Robinson

Gray Jays. photos Howard Robinson

 

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Evening Grosbeaks, Sheridan Rapids

MVFN Nature Notebook Sighting

Evening Grosbeaks!

Sighting sent in Nov 4, 2016: “Several Evening Grosbeaks have been visiting my feeders for the past few days.”

from Lise Balthazar, Sheridan Rapids

Here are a few of the fantastic photos sent in by Lise!

Male Evening Grosbeak. photo Lise Balthazar

Male Evening Grosbeak. photo Lise Balthazar

Male and female Evening Grosbeak. photo Lise Balthazar

Male and female Evening Grosbeaks. photo Lise Balthazar

Male Evening Grosbeaks. photo Lise Balthazar

Male Evening Grosbeaks. photo Lise Balthazar

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