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Stretching chick, loons on Clayton & Taylor Lake

MVFN Nature Notebook Sighting

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.”

~Howard Robinson

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

Nesting Common Loon, June 2019. photo H. Robinson

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

MVFN Nature Notebook Sighting

“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.”

~ 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

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White-crowned Sparrows and other beauties in Sheridan Rapids

MVFN Nature Notebook Sightings

Spring bird sightings reports received May 7, May 9, May 11, and May 14 2019.  All photos by Lise Balthazar. Her first rose-breasted grosbeak for this Spring (2019) was May 4; the first hummingbird on May 6; the first oriole on May 7.

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Juvenile rose-breasted grosbeak, May 5, 2019 photo L. Balthazar

First Oriole, May 7, 2019 Sheridan Rapids. photo L. Balthazar

White-crowned Sparrow, May 9, 2019 photo L. Balthazar

White-crowned Sparrow 2, May 9, 2019 photo L. Balthazar

Female Purple Finch, May 9, 2019 photo L. Balthazar

Rose-breasted grosbeak, May 9, 2019, photo Lise Balthazar

Juvenile rose-breasted grosbeak, May 11, 2019 photo L. Balthazar

Ruby throated hummingbird, May 11, 2019. 

Song sparrow, May 11, 2019

Oriole at bird bath, May 13, 2019 photo by Lise Balthazar

Oriole at bird bath, May 13, 2019 photo by Lise Balthazar

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Early spring sightings: hooded mergansers on the Mississippi; swans at Fallbrook

MVFN Nature Notebook Sightings

Several early spring sightings were recently sent in to the MVFN Naturnotebook; received from Lise Balthazar, Sheridan Rapids on April 17, 2019. All photos by Nat Capitanio

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Male Hooded Merganser, Mississippi River, April 16, 2019 photo N. Capitanio

Female Hooded Merganser, Mississippi River, April 16, 2019 photo N. Capitanio

Swans, Fallbrook, ON April 11, 2019 photo N. Capitanio

Swan at Fallbrook, ON April 11, 2019 photo N. Capitanio

 

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Red-bellied Woodpecker sighting, Halpenny area

MVFN Nature Notebook Sighting

The following report and photos were received by the MVFN Nature Notebook mailbox on January 20, 2019. A Red-bellied Woodpecker was observed locally in the Halpenny area on January 12, 2019. 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!

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

 

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

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