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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).

 

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MVFN Nature Notebook sighting from January 10, 2018

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

” . . .  I wanted to send pictures of our very first Snowy Owl sighting!! We drove to Almonte on Wednesday and we spotted 2 Ravens by the side of road , dive bombing another bird which was perched on a sign.

It was a Snowy Owl . .  . [we] managed to take several pictures before it flew away. What a magnificent bird!!!! ”

Lise Balthazar, Sheridan Rapids

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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

 

 

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MVFN Nature Notebook Sighting

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-2 Nat CaptanioWebs in the trees-4 Nat Captanio

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Smooth Green Snake and Gray Treefrog in Sheridans Rapids

MVFN NatureNotebook sighting and photos received August 2, 2017:

“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 2 photo N. Capitanio

Smooth Green Snake 2 photo Capitanio

 

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