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Mississippi River at Pakenham

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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 (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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Male Monarch Butterfly

“It was a beautiful morning at High Lonesome on June 28 with nature as it should be. Attached is a photo of a male Monarch butterfly that was feeding among the wild flowers and here in plenty of time for Canada Day.”

~ Howard Robinson

NOTE: for information about High Lonesome Nature Reserve in the Pakenham hills, visit http://mmlt.ca/protecting-nature/our-protected-properties/high-lonesome-nature-reserve/

Male monarch butterfly feeding at High Lonesome

Male Monarch butterfly feeding on Viper’s Bugloss at High Lonesome

 

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Recent Sighting and photos sent in June 12, 2017 by Lise Balthazar:

“The Bluebirds have been extremely active feeding their babies.  I have been keeping a close watch in the hope that I might see them fledge. The other day, after a rainstorm, the parents took a break for a little dip in a puddle.”

Bluebird, all wet.

Bluebird, all wet.

BLUEBIRDS TAKING A BATH

“During one of our walks, we spotted a few Cedar Waxwings.”

CEDAR WAXWINGCEDAR WAXWING (2)

 

 

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Happy Mother’s Day!

“We’ve had many ducks and Canada Geese lately in the “back pond”…..and lo and behold I spotted some babies today!!  Turns out that some of those Geese have been nesting and they now have 5 babies! They can’t be more than a few days old .  Nat spotted another Geese family on Saturday, with 7 babies! This year is exceptional because of the flooded field. The Mississippi River runs at the back of our property and it usually floods the field in the Spring, but this year is pretty extensive.”

Photos just in time for Mother’s Day. Flooded fields have resulted in many bird sightings in the area, including this one  sent in on May 12th, from Sheridan Rapids resident, Lise Bathazar, with photos by Nat Capitanio.

photo Nat Capitanio

Goose family on the “back pond” photo Nat Capitanio

 

Mother Goose and chicks on the "back pond" photo Nat Capitanio

Mother Goose and chicks, photo Nat Capitanio

Canada Geese 2 (1280x719)

photo Nat Capitanio

 

 

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Extra Spring flooding is bringing reports of lots of interesting water birds on flooded fields in Lanark County.

This report and photos were sent in on May 10, 2017:

“Our back field is flooded, as it’s usually the case in the Spring, but this year it’s a bit more extensive.  It’s attracting several Mallards, Wood Ducks, Canada Geese, a Great Blue Heron and even 4 Greater Yellowlegs.”

Lise Balthazar

Sheridan Rapids

Wood Duck

Wood Duck

Greater Yellowlegs

Greater Yellowlegs

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

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