Connecting people with nature in Ontario's Mississippi Valley

Northern Shrike

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 on December 9

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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Red-winged Blackbird

Recent Sighting for our Nature Notebook

On November 20, 2015,  from Lanark Highlands, Old Perth Rd between Tatlock and Ramsay Concession 3A:

“. . . a Red-winged blackbird in our yard by the feeders. It landed near
the feeder occupied by the resident blue jays, and then moved off into the
woods. Gone before the camera warmed up.”



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Great balls of fire!

Very bright meteor seen

On Sunday, November 1 just as it was getting dark, I saw a very bright meteor that split into two pieces before breaking up after a couple of seconds.

I found a website to report it and saw that a number of people in the northeastern USA probably saw the same thing. The Taurid meteor shower has larger meteors but fewer of them than other meteor showers. They occur between Oct 20 and the end of Nov, with two peaks on November 5 and 12. Larger meteors are called fireballs.

Anita Payne

Note: seen near Black Lake area,  Lanark County

A Taurid fireball, streaks above Orion. Photo: Science@NASA/NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center/Howard Edin.

A Taurid fireball, streaks above Orion. Photo: Science@NASA/NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center/Howard Edin.


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