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Fantastic photos of wild turkeys strutting and feeding in Clayton

MVFN Nature Notebook sighting received April 26, 2018

Howard Robinson (Clayton, ON) sent in the following report and photos:

“The Tom Turkeys were strutting in their regalia while the hens seem more focused on feeding. See attached original photos taken through the window Wednesday morning, April 25, 2018.”

Wild turkeys, Clayton ON. photo Howard Robinson


Wild Tom turkey strutting in his regalia. photo Howard Robinson


NOTE: According to a press release for a 2010 MVFN talk by Cathy Keddy: “Wild turkeys unlike their domestic relatives, are strong agile fliers and are said to be ‘wild and wary to the point of genius.’  These cautious creatures have good eyesight and feed during the day, thus being quite visible to people and prone to receiving erroneous accusations relating to crop damage.”

Happy Spring!

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Hooded Mergansers, and Loons back on Mississippi River

MVFN Nature Notebook Sighting received April 18, 2018

“Today, we spotted a Loon (our very first one!) on the Mississippi River, near the Iron Mine Road bridge. We also spotted a pair of Hooded Mergansers.”

~Lise Balthazar, Sheridan Rapids

Male Hooded Merganser

Male and female Hooded Mergansers, Mississippi River, April 18, 2018. photos N. Capitanio

A loon was also seen:

Common loon. photos N. Capitanio

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Young Birders view Trumpeter Swans’ return to Lanark County

MVFN Nature Notebook 2018

“Every year the Trumpeter Swans return to Lanark County and often some stop in Carleton Place.  This year was no exception when 2 Trumpeters arrived on the river at Centennial Park on Feb 23rd.  Michel Gauthier emailed me and I arrived with two new birders to Carleton Place, Miles and Riley.  For these 6 year-old birders it was their first views of a Trumpeter Swan.

We were joined by Michel as well as Mike Jaques for excellent views.  There could be more arrivals in March as they enjoy stopping along the river at this time of year.  They can also often be found at Lake Christie, on Rideau River near Smiths Falls and on McGowan Lake past Perth.”

Iain Wilkes, Carleton Place

Young Birders first viewing of Trumpeter Swans. photo S. Wilkes

Trumpeter Swans, Carleton Place 2018, photo M. Gauthier

photo Susan Wilkes

photo Susan Wilkes

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Pileated Woodpecker on Staghorn Sumac

MVFN Nature Notebook sighting 

The following nature notebook sighting was received March 2, 2018.

Howard Robinson: “Mary and I were surprised and pleased to see a Pileated woodpecker feeding on Staghorn Sumac flowers on our property, Feb 23 2018.”

A Pileated woodpecker on Staghorn sumac. photo by Howard Robinson

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