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MVFN Nature Notebook Sightings 2019

Monarch Butterfly

Received August 30, 2019

Almonte, August 2019. Photo by Michel Gauthier.

Each fall millions of monarch butterflies migrate to overwintering sites in Mexico and to a scattering of locations along the coast of California. In the spring monarchs return to breeding areas and the cycle starts again: a two-way migration that is one of the most spectacular on the planet.

 

Stretching chick, loons on Clayton & Taylor Lake

Received July 1, 2019

“It appears that most loons on Clayton and Taylor lakes are still nesting as of 2019-06-30. There was one family with a single chick that was stretching its leg. Up until now I had never seen a chick stretching its leg and at one point it was stretching both of them at the same time.” More information.

~Howard Robinson

Loon Chick stretching, Clayton Lake, June 2019. photo H. Robinson

 

Nesting Common Loon, June 2019. photo H. Robinson

 

Green heron calling from tree-top in Almonte garden near Mississippi River

Received July 1, 2019

“A “strange” sound alerted me to a bird sitting high up atop a locust tree in our garden a few blocks from the Mississippi River. It took examination of these photos to identify the bird as a green heron. And a search of sounds documented for this bird, revealed that what I probably heard was the bird calling for a mate.” More information.

~ Pauline Donaldson

Green Heron, Almonte, ON June 4, 2019. photo P. Donaldson

 

Green Heron, Almonte, ON June 4, 2019. photo 2 P. Donaldson

 

Green Heron, Almonte, ON June 4, 2019. photo 3 P. Donaldson

 

Spring bird sightings

May 5, 2019: Juvenile rose-breasted grosbeak. More information.

photo L. Balthazar

May 7, 2019: First Oriole, Sheridan Rapids More information.

May 9, 2019: White-crowned Sparrow More information.

photo L. Balthazar

May 9, 2019: Female Purple Finch. More information

photo L. Balthazar

May 9,2019: Rose-breasted Grosbeak. More information.

photo Lise Balthazar

May 11, 2019: Juvenile rose-breasted grosbeak

photo L. Balthazar

May 11, 2019: Ruby-throated Hummingbird. More Information.

photo by Lise Balthazar

May 11, 2019: Song Sparrow. More information.

photo by Lise Balthazar

May 13, 2019: Oriole at bird bath.

photo by Lise Balthazar

April 16, 2019: Male Hooded-Merganser, Mississippi River. More information

photo N. Capitanio

Female Hooded Merganser.

April 11, 2019: Trumpter Swan, Fallbrook Ontario. More information.

photo N. Capitanio

 

The colours of winter

These photographs of birds during January 2019 in Sheridan Rapids, Ontario are by Lise Balthazar, sent in on January 29.

Evening Grosbeak, photo Lise Balthazar

 

Pine Grosbeak. photo Lise Balthazar

 

Redpolls, photo Lise Balthazar

 

A Red-bellied Woodpecker

January 12, 2019. A Red-bellied Woodpecker was observed locally in the Halpenny area. Photos and report sent in by Gerard Rumleskie. This is quite a rare sighting for our area, with only one of these birds seen on the Carleton Place Christmas Bird Count this year, and that was a record for the count. Thank you for sending in this sighting! More information.

Red-bellied Woodpecker, Jan 2019, Halpenny, ON photo Gerard Rumleskie

 

Red-bellied Woodpecker, Halpenny, ON. photo courtesy G. Rumleskie

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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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Fox on the hunt in Lanark Highlands

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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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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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