Category Archive for 'Birds'

and so we came to bisbee

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009

There’s a new post up at my travel blog Journey to the Center.

we’re here!

Sunday, May 25th, 2008

After something of a false start, I appear to be back to blogging. I have several posts waiting in the wings, but won’t put them all up at once lest I send anyone into shock. Anyhow, yes, it looks like I’ll have a little more time for writing now, so will try to [...]

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 [...]

where are the swans?

Friday, January 4th, 2008

Yesterday, while in the Westport area, Don and I stopped to check on the Trumpeter Swans (Cygnus buccinator) that often feed in a small reach of open water below the dam in the causeway at Narrows Locks on Big Rideau Lake. Usually, we find 2 or 3 adults and a couple of juveniles swimming [...]

dinner guests

Tuesday, December 18th, 2007

Yesterday, in the wake of the snowstorm that hit the northeast, I noticed three “crows” perched close together on a tree in the front yard. On closer inspection, one of the crows turned out to be a hawk — by the size of the bird and shape of its tail (squarish), it looks to [...]