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Recent Sighting: January 2016

1. I saw a plump-looking robin perched in the treeline of our field, on Sunday Jan 17, 2016, on Ramsay
Concession 8: red-breast, typical song and tail flick behaviour.

2. I saw a flock of about 25 starlings probing the exposed earth/grass on our freshly cleared
driveway, on Wed Jan 20, 2016, on Ramsay Concession 8.

Andrea Roper

IMG_4160 (1280x960) (2)photo of robin is from Almonte, summer 2015 by Pauline Donaldson

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Sighting of Museum of 50 Cedar Waxwings 

From Randa McTavish, MVFN Nature Notebook received the following sighting:

. . . a glorious sight in Stanleyville (Tay Valley Township) on December 30, 2015 or very close to it…I sighted a museum of about 50 Cedar Waxwings! They were congregated in the bare trees on Black Lake Road (beside open fields) in mid-afternoon, chirruping happily. They took turns nipping down to the bushes below which still had berries, and ate away.  I stood on the road and watched them for a good eight minutes, until a car drove by and they flew off. What an incredible sight!

I saw a smaller group of them about four days previous, less than a kilometer from the same spot; about eight Cedar Waxwings making their sweet sounds and finding whatever berries were left on nearby bushes in the fence line.

Cedar waxwing Ken Thomas

NOTE: Featured image of Cedar Waxwing is by Ken Thomas. www.KenThomas.us

 

 

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A recent sighting of Robins over-wintering

Report of January 5, 2016
“Today we had at least a dozen robins in our backyard feeding on apples that had been buried in the snow.   They stayed there for quite some time. 7th line of Beckwith.”
Marg and Bill McNeely
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Northern Shrike 

Seen December 31, 2015: a Northern Shrike on 9th Conc Bathurst, sitting on a wire @ 0820 hrs
Sighting sent in by Gloria Opzoomer.
NOTE: Photo from a  recent sighting by Melanie Moore.
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Black Caterpillar seen in December

MVFN Naturenotebook sighting: On December 10, 2015, Lise Balthazar of Lanark Highlands (Sheridan Rapids) wrote: “I spotted a large black caterpillar yesterday and took a picture.”

Ken Allison: It looks like a species of tiger moth caterpillar, a large group which includes the common Woolly Bear caterpillar.
Black caterpillar
photo by Lise Balthazar
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