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Recent Sightings

Evening Grosbeaks

MVFN Nature Notebook Sighting received January 19, 2017

Brenda Boyd was thrilled to see Evening Grosbeaks at her feeder today:.”. . .   first time I’ve had them at my feeder this winter – very exciting!” Brenda has sent in these photos.

Evening Grosbeaks Clayton, ON. photo Brenda Boyd

Evening Grosbeaks Clayton, ON. photo Brenda Boyd

Evening Grosbeaks, Clayton, ON. photo Brenda Boyd

Evening Grosbeaks, Clayton, ON. photo Brenda Boyd

 

 

MVFN Nature Notebook Sighting: Hundreds of Snow Buntings

Sighting received Jan 11, 2017: Lise Balthazar is seeing hundreds of Snow Buntings on her property and sends some photos:

” The numbers have been gradually increasing and we now have about 200 birds visiting and feeding every day. I feed them white millet. I keep in touch with the Snow Bunting Network; they have volunteers who do banding of those birds to track their movements and to try to understand why their numbers are declining. For years now, I have been asking that group if someone could come and band some of our birds, but I haven’t had any success yet.”

Snow Buntings, Lanark, Jan 3, 2016. photo Lise Balthazar

Snow Buntings, Lanark, Jan 3, 2017. photo Lise Balthazar

Snow Buntings, Lanark. photo Lise Balthazar

Snow Buntings, Lanark. photo Lise Balthazar

Snow Buntings, Lanark, Jan 6, 2017. photo Lise Balthazar

Snow Buntings, Lanark, Jan 6, 2017. photo Lise Balthazar

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Lise Balthazar

Sheridan Rapids

 

Gray Jays in Lanark County

November 15, 2016

There are Gray Jays in Lanark County.

Howard Robinson has reported that we still have Gray Jays in Lanark County. While visiting a property in Lanark Highlands (Dalhousie) today, three Gray Jays were seen busily feeding and storing food.  There are many spruce trees on the property which is probably the big draw for the birds. 

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Gray Jays. photo Howard Robinson

Gray Jays. photos Howard Robinson

 

MVFN Nature Notebook Sighting

Evening Grosbeaks!

Sighting sent in Nov 4, 2016: “Several Evening Grosbeaks have been visiting my feeders for the past few days.”

from Lise Balthazar, Sheridan Rapids

Here are a few of the fantastic photos sent in by Lise!

Male Evening Grosbeak. photo Lise Balthazar

Male Evening Grosbeak. photo Lise Balthazar

Male and female Evening Grosbeak. photo Lise Balthazar

Male and female Evening Grosbeaks. photo Lise Balthazar

Male Evening Grosbeaks. photo Lise Balthazar

Male Evening Grosbeaks. photo Lise Balthazar

MVFN Nature Notebook Sightings

Barred Owl

Nov 1, 2016: Howard and Mary Robinson sent these amazing photos and report  “excellent views of a Barred Owl yesterday while doing a pre-hike for an upcoming hike on the Rideau Trail from Bedford Mills.”

Howard reports that such birds can be seen in backyards in the Clayton area and other rural wooded properties in our area!

Speaking of backyard birds: do you know your backyard birds? Do you want to attract and nurture birds in your backyard? Join MVFN November 17, 2016 at 7:30 pm at Almonte United Church, Almonte, for the presentation “Birds in Your Backyard” by expert birder Cliff Bennett.

See details.

photo Howard Robinson

Barred Owl. photos Howard Robinson

Barred Owl. photos Howard Robinson

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