Connecting people with nature in Ontario's Mississippi Valley

Cerulean Warbler in Maberly

Cerulean Warbler sighting sent to MVFN Nature Notebook

Alison Bentley sent in a report June 3, 2016 of a  male Cerulean Warbler singing consistently in Maberly, ON.  First noted May 29th and every day since.

Cerulean Warbler


The image is from Note that the Cerulean Warbler is a Species at Risk in Ontario – Status Threatened. “In Ontario and the United States, the main threat to this warbler is habitat loss from degrading and fragmenting forests, since it requires relatively large tracts of forest.”

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Bluebirds and Butterflies in Sheridan Rapids

Bluebirds and Butterflies in Sheridan Rapids

MVFN Nature Notebook sighting and photos sent in June 3, 2016. Our Lilac bushes are attracting many butterflies, including Swallowtails and even a Monarch!
The baby Bluebirds are growing fast! 
Lise Balthazar
Sheridan Rapids
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALeft: Baby Bluebirds May 21, 2016; Right: Baby Bluebirds 10 days later on May 31, 2016. Photos sent in by Lise Balthazar
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MVFN Nature Notebook sighting

MVFN Nature Notebook Sighting

Sighting sent in May 21, 2016:

My husband Nat Capitano spotted several “dust devils” in a field near Balderson.

I checked one of my Bluebird nesting boxes and found several babies, featherless and eyes closed.

Lise Balthazar, Sheridan Rapids



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Indigo Bunting Beckwith May 14, 2016

Indigo Bunting

MVFN Nature Notebook Sighting

Indigo Bunting sighting and beautiful photos: sent in May 14, 2016 by Heather Ebbs. Bird seen at feeder Lake Park Road, Beckwith Township, late afternoon approximately 5:30 pm May 14, 2016

Indigo 2 Heather Ebbs

indigo bunting heather ebbs


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A Harris Hawk seen in Beckwith

Harris Hawk seen in Beckwith 

Nature Notebook sighting May 4, 2015, Beckwith.

We received the following very surprising sighting today through the MVFN Nature Notebook email:

“I thought at first, it was a Rough-legged hawk;  I was ten feet from the hawk and it is an immature Harris Hawk.” Sighting sent in by Keith Salisbury on May 5, 2015.

photo provided by Keith Salisbury

Harris Hawk, Keith Salisbury


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