Archive for March, 2006

ribbon of death

Friday, March 24th, 2006

Last week, I photographed a road-killed Muskrat — first of the many birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles which I’ll see DOR (dead on road) between now and late autumn. That’s not to say that animals aren’t killed year-round, but spring can be bad for several reasons. Female turtles are frequently crushed while crossing roads to […]

ain’t misbehaving

Thursday, March 23rd, 2006

This will probably come as no great surprise to most of you, but I’m very much interested in animal behaviour. Each year, after the last snows have melted away, I begin to spend what, to many, must seem like an inordinate amount of time watching and photographing insects, spiders, and other creatures. An average day […]

lady beetle species

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2006

Last week’s post about Lady Beetles seen here at the farm, has got me thinking that I should scare up some information on distribution of Coccinellidae species in Ontario. Quite by coincidence, yesterday I received an email regarding Lady Beetles, from the Nova Scotia nature listserv (I’m subscribed because we occasionally spend time in N.S.). […]

recent field notes

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2006

Fragment of a Beaver (Castor canadensis) skull from the most recent field notes posted on my Salamander online nature journal. Tags: Beaver, Castor canadensis

thirty years later

Tuesday, March 21st, 2006

A few days ago, I posted some notes and photos of the species of lady beetles that I have found here at my farm. In the comments, Troutgrrrl asked, “Do you think we could all find this many different lady beetles if we looked carefully or is your farm likely to attract more diversity?” In […]

a face in the forest

Monday, March 20th, 2006

Recently, I wrote about a Beech tree that is covered with arborglyphs. Today, we came across more glyphs while hiking in Baird Woods – a favourite forest in Lanark County, not far from the mill ruins at Herrons Mills. It’s in an area that is fairly sparsely populated. The glyphs are on large Beech that […]

the truce

Sunday, March 19th, 2006

It’s not exactly a great photo – shot through the window glass at dawn this morning, and with the squirrel turned away. However, the shot is significant for the content. It seems that the insanely aggressive Psycho-squirrel (a Red Squirrel – Tamiasciurus hudsonicus) has suddenly decided to call off his feud against the Eastern Cottontail […]