Connecting people with nature in Ontario's Mississippi Valley

Green Heron family flight lessons on Clayton Lake

MVFN NatureNotebook sighting received July 19, 2018:

While out on a loon watch, Howard and Mary Robinson observed two separate Green Heron families doing “flight and tree climbing schools” with their young ones on an island in Clayton Lake.

Green Heron. photo Howard Robinson

Green Heron family. photo Howard Robinson


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Swans on Watsons Corners’ pond

MVFN Nature Notebook Sighting received May 8, 2018

Lise Balthazar is seeing many spring birds near her home in Sheridan Rapids and in the area, including these swans. She sent in these beautiful pictures of the swans on a pond near Watsons Corners.

All photos by Nat Capitanio

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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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