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MVFN Nature Notebook Sightings 2019

Monarch Butterfly

Received August 30, 2019

Almonte, August 2019. Photo by Michel Gauthier.

Each fall millions of monarch butterflies migrate to overwintering sites in Mexico and to a scattering of locations along the coast of California. In the spring monarchs return to breeding areas and the cycle starts again: a two-way migration that is one of the most spectacular on the planet.

 

Stretching chick, loons on Clayton & Taylor Lake

Received July 1, 2019

“It appears that most loons on Clayton and Taylor lakes are still nesting as of 2019-06-30. There was one family with a single chick that was stretching its leg. Up until now I had never seen a chick stretching its leg and at one point it was stretching both of them at the same time.” More information.

~Howard Robinson

Loon Chick stretching, Clayton Lake, June 2019. photo H. Robinson

 

Nesting Common Loon, June 2019. photo H. Robinson

 

Green heron calling from tree-top in Almonte garden near Mississippi River

Received July 1, 2019

“A “strange” sound alerted me to a bird sitting high up atop a locust tree in our garden a few blocks from the Mississippi River. It took examination of these photos to identify the bird as a green heron. And a search of sounds documented for this bird, revealed that what I probably heard was the bird calling for a mate.” More information.

~ Pauline Donaldson

Green Heron, Almonte, ON June 4, 2019. photo P. Donaldson

 

Green Heron, Almonte, ON June 4, 2019. photo 2 P. Donaldson

 

Green Heron, Almonte, ON June 4, 2019. photo 3 P. Donaldson

 

Spring bird sightings

May 5, 2019: Juvenile rose-breasted grosbeak. More information.

photo L. Balthazar

May 7, 2019: First Oriole, Sheridan Rapids More information.

May 9, 2019: White-crowned Sparrow More information.

photo L. Balthazar

May 9, 2019: Female Purple Finch. More information

photo L. Balthazar

May 9,2019: Rose-breasted Grosbeak. More information.

photo Lise Balthazar

May 11, 2019: Juvenile rose-breasted grosbeak

photo L. Balthazar

May 11, 2019: Ruby-throated Hummingbird. More Information.

photo by Lise Balthazar

May 11, 2019: Song Sparrow. More information.

photo by Lise Balthazar

May 13, 2019: Oriole at bird bath.

photo by Lise Balthazar

April 16, 2019: Male Hooded-Merganser, Mississippi River. More information

photo N. Capitanio

Female Hooded Merganser.

April 11, 2019: Trumpter Swan, Fallbrook Ontario. More information.

photo N. Capitanio

 

The colours of winter

These photographs of birds during January 2019 in Sheridan Rapids, Ontario are by Lise Balthazar, sent in on January 29.

Evening Grosbeak, photo Lise Balthazar

 

Pine Grosbeak. photo Lise Balthazar

 

Redpolls, photo Lise Balthazar

 

A Red-bellied Woodpecker

January 12, 2019. A Red-bellied Woodpecker was observed locally in the Halpenny area. Photos and report sent in by Gerard Rumleskie. This is quite a rare sighting for our area, with only one of these birds seen on the Carleton Place Christmas Bird Count this year, and that was a record for the count. Thank you for sending in this sighting! More information.

Red-bellied Woodpecker, Jan 2019, Halpenny, ON photo Gerard Rumleskie

 

Red-bellied Woodpecker, Halpenny, ON. photo courtesy G. Rumleskie

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Paddling around history and nature on Taylor and Clayton Lakes

A report of the paddling trip Saturday June 23rd on Taylor and Clayton Lakes, by Howard and Mary Robinson

After seeing the real-life mural of the Floating Bridge at the Union Hall, our Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists (MVFN) group with 4 canoes and a kayak proceeded to the placement of the original bridge at the end of Concession 12 in Lanark Highlands near the boat launch.  We paddled the floating bridge location to see the sunken remnants of its structural members and parts of the corduroy cross logs.

The day was perfect for paddling with little wind as we proceeded to paddle the South side of Taylor Lake and return while observing various bird species in the area.

We then proceeded along the river to Clayton lake and paddled around some of the islands to our lunch destination off Bowlands Island.  With the wind rising and only a hint of a rain shower, we paddled along the Indian River toward the village of Clayton and back to the Robinson’s dock where we disembarked. After social refreshments vehicles were shuttled back from the Taylor Lake boat launch to load the vessels.  Various species (24) of birds were seen including Bald eagles (3), Osprey (2 + their peeping nesting chicks), a Great Blue Heron, and a Green Heron.

Thanks to all who came out for the paddle, your interactions, teamwork and interesting conversations.

~Howard and Mary Robinson

For details of our next summer paddle, July 15, 2018 and other summer paddles this season, please visit mvfn.ca and watch for new posts and calendar dates!

Taylor Lake Paddlers. photo H. Robinson

 

Common Loons – River between Taylor and Clayton Lakes. photo H. Robinson

Osprey Nest – Taylor Lake. photo H. Robinson

 

Lunch Stop. photo H. Robinson

Bald Eagle – feathers ruffled in the wind. photo H. Robinson

Mature Bald Eagle – Clayton Lake. photo H. Robinson

Canoes Resting at Lunch. photo H. Robinson

 

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Taylor and Clayton Lakes Paddle

Saturday, June 23, 2018 

Come and explore nature from the water’s edge as we paddle the shores of Taylor and Clayton Lakes.  We will start at Taylor Lake looking for remnants of the historic floating bridge that once crossed the lake, then continue into Clayton Lake, all the while looking for various woodland, lake and marshland birds.  Lunch will likely be at the Robinson’s dock on Clayton Lake, if weather cooperates.  This outing is a combination of journeys #14 and #16 in the MVFN map/guide “Lanark County Canoe & Kayak Journeys“.

Car Pooling Arrangements:  Meet at Union Hall on Wolf Grove Road for departure by 8:30 AM.  The boat launch for Taylor Lake is at the north end of Concession Road 12.

Bring: Picnic lunch, water, binoculars, insect repellent, sunscreen, and swimming attire if you wish. You must also be equipped with mandatory life jackets and safety kit with bailer, whistle, flashlight and floating line.

Pre-registration: You must pre-register for this event. Your MVFN registration should be up to date. To register please email Howard & Mary Robinson @  advising whether you will be canoeing or kayaking and leaving a return phone number.  If you have a canoe and need a partner, or don’t have a canoe and would like to partner, please contact Howard or Mary at 613-256-0817 or

In case of severe weather, this event will be cancelled.  If in doubt, call Howard or Mary no later than 8:00 AM on Saturday, June 23 at 613-256-0817

Six of seven vessels in the group, 2017 paddle. photo Howard Robinson

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MVFN Canoe/Kayak Outing – Taylor and Clayton Lakes

MVFN Canoe/Kayak Outing – Taylor and Clayton Lakes

Sunday, August 22, 2010, – 9:30am launch

(A combination of #14 and #16 on the canoe brochure)

No Car Pooling required. Meet at Taylor Lake Boat launch at the north end of Concession 12, Lanark before 9:30am.

To get there from Almonte, take County road 16 (Wolf Grove Road) west 12 km to Lanark Conc. 12, and turn north (i.e. turn right) to the boat launch area. Lanark Conc. 12 is approximately 3 km from Union Hall.

Lunch will be at Howard and Mary’s place on Clayton Lake. Bring your bathing suits if you wish to swim. Everybody is invited back after the canoe trip for drinks and munchies.

Bring: lunch, binoculars, rain gear, bug juice, suntan lotion, bathing suits.

Please register beforehand by calling or emailing Howard & Mary Robinson, 613-256-0817 () and provide your phone number.

Let us know if you have a canoe and need a partner or, if you wish to partner with someone who has a canoe.

In case of severe weather, this event will be cancelled. If in doubt, please call Howard or Mary before 8:30am.

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ClaytonTaylor Lake Canoe/Kayak Trip 2009

Third Summer Canoe/Kayak Trip

When: Sunday, Aug. 9
Where: Clayton/Taylor Lake, #16 on guide
Launch Site: At the dam site in Clayton Village
Launch Time: 9:30 A.M.

Where to Meet: At the dam site in Clayton. (Clayton is 4 km north of Union Hall on County Road 9)
What to Bring: lunch, binocs, bug juice, sun screen etc.

Note: Please let Cliff know if you are coming and also if you need a partner. He will do his best to match you up. In case of foul weather, this trip will be cancelled. If in doubt, call Cliff before 8:00 a.m. (We could have canoed the Madawaska our last trip. The weather was great all day. I’ll never trust the weather forcast again).

For more information: Call Cliff at 613-256-5013 or

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