Connecting people with nature in Ontario's Mississippi Valley

Robins in January

A recent sighting of Robins over-wintering

Report of January 5, 2016
“Today we had at least a dozen robins in our backyard feeding on apples that had been buried in the snow.   They stayed there for quite some time. 7th line of Beckwith.”
Marg and Bill McNeely
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Northern Shrike

Northern Shrike 

Seen December 31, 2015: a Northern Shrike on 9th Conc Bathurst, sitting on a wire @ 0820 hrs
Sighting sent in by Gloria Opzoomer.
NOTE: Photo from a  recent sighting by Melanie Moore.
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Black caterpillar seen on December 9

Black Caterpillar seen in December

MVFN Naturenotebook sighting: On December 10, 2015, Lise Balthazar of Lanark Highlands (Sheridan Rapids) wrote: “I spotted a large black caterpillar yesterday and took a picture.”

Ken Allison: It looks like a species of tiger moth caterpillar, a large group which includes the common Woolly Bear caterpillar.
Black caterpillar
photo by Lise Balthazar
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Red-winged Blackbird

Recent Sighting for our Nature Notebook

On November 20, 2015,  from Lanark Highlands, Old Perth Rd between Tatlock and Ramsay Concession 3A:

“. . . a Red-winged blackbird in our yard by the feeders. It landed near
the feeder occupied by the resident blue jays, and then moved off into the
woods. Gone before the camera warmed up.”



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