Archive for March, 2008

return of the native

Sunday, March 30th, 2008

Yesterday, as we traveled through the Perth to Westport and Opinicon Lake areas we observed much migrant bird activity. Beside Hutchings Road near Westport, we spotted a Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) inspecting an icy stream flowing through a snow-covered field (click on all photos for larger views) At any spot where [...]

roadside attractions

Saturday, March 29th, 2008

Last weekend, while driving along Hwy 43 near Kemptville, we caught sight of a flock of Turkeys (Meleagris gallopavo) foraging in a dried out stand of corn stalks at the roadside. Here in Ontario, farmers leave a several rows of corn stalks unharvested alongside roadways to act as windbreaks in place of snow fencing. [...]

another visit with the swans

Saturday, March 22nd, 2008

Last week, we paid another visit to the Trumpeter Swans (Cygnus buccinator) that often hang out in the reach of open water below the dam in the causeway at Narrows Locks near Westport, Ontario. We’ve been visiting them a few times each winter for the past 3 or 4 years. In fact, we [...]

snow world

Tuesday, March 18th, 2008

On March 8th, I wrote about the rapidly increasing snow around the farm. Over the past couple of days, the mild weather has knocked the snow back quite a bit. However, we’re still left with heaps of it everywhere we look. Yesterday, driving through the parking lot of a large shopping [...]

nine years ago

Monday, March 17th, 2008

At a couple of minutes before 9 p.m. tonight, March 17, 2008, it will be nine years since my dad died of kidney cancer. If you’ve been reading my blog for awhile, you’ll know that my dad had a lot of interesting careers, adventures and pastimes. One of these was racing stock cars [...]

snow update

Saturday, March 8th, 2008

As of yesterday, the Environment Canada data website indicates that we’ve had 373.7 cm (147.12 inches, or, if you prefer, 12.26 feet) of snowfall in Ottawa this winter. As of yesterday, the site shows 56 cm. (22.04 inches) of snow on the ground. I don’t know where they’re measuring that, but it is [...]