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MVFN Nature Notebook Sighting

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.”

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Lise Balthazar

Sheridan Rapids

 

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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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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

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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

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MVFN Nature Notebook Sightings

Sighting sent in August 28, 2016:

We have seen red squirrels swim before across rivers in Algonquin
park.  Early this evening one swam about 200 metres across from an island to
our dock on Clayton Lake. It ran up the dock steps, onto my shirt, across
the dock and up a tree.  I snapped these while it was swimming
towards us.

IMG_0007A Squirrel swim

Howard and Mary Robinson

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