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.
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
Spring bird sightings
May 5, 2019: Juvenile rose-breasted grosbeak. More information.
May 7, 2019: First Oriole, Sheridan Rapids More information.
May 9, 2019: White-crowned Sparrow More information.
May 9, 2019: Female Purple Finch. More information
May 9,2019: Rose-breasted Grosbeak. More information.
May 11, 2019: Juvenile rose-breasted grosbeak
May 11, 2019: Ruby-throated Hummingbird. More Information.
May 11, 2019: Song Sparrow. More information.
May 13, 2019: Oriole at bird bath.
April 16, 2019: Male Hooded-Merganser, Mississippi River. More information
Female Hooded Merganser.
April 11, 2019: Trumpter Swan, Fallbrook Ontario. More information.
The colours of winter
These photographs of birds during January 2019 in Sheridan Rapids, Ontario are by Lise Balthazar, sent in on January 29.
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.