Archive for April, 2006

who goes there?

Monday, April 24th, 2006

A few days ago, Don said he saw 2 Long-eared Owls (Asio otus) perched in one of the conifers here at our farm. Since then, he’s been keeping an eye out for them and found a lone owl on a couple of subsequent occasions – always perched in the same conifer. Today, he again found […]

little king kong

Sunday, April 23rd, 2006

Last weekend, while hiking along Black Ance Road at Murphy’s Point Provincial Park, we stopped for a siesta on the banks of Black Creek. This is the same location where Sabrina found our first snake of the season. I tossed my jacket on the ground and lay on my side while listening to the snoring […]

wood frog eggs – update #2

Sunday, April 23rd, 2006

Latest update on the frog eggs as of the afternoon of April 19, 2006. The weather was sunny and quite warm. The temperature was approximately 70F (about 22C) by mid-afternoon. The tadpoles were starting to become recognizable as such — little heads with the smallest of tail sections. The egg mass has become a bit […]

predaceous diving beetle

Thursday, April 20th, 2006

As mentioned yesterday, I found an evening visitor wandering around in the lane beside our van. After shooting some photos, I brought the Predaceous Diving Beetle (Family Dytiscidae) indoors and kept it in a container for the night. This morning, I put it into the small aquarium that I use for photographing aquatic insects (see […]

evening visitor

Wednesday, April 19th, 2006

While walking across the front lane last evening, I spotted a dark, glistening oval-shaped object next to one of the tires on our van. I had a pretty good idea of what it was — a Predaceous Diving Beetle (Family Dytiscidae) — so I ran indoors to grab my camera and flashlight. This large insect […]

first snake of the season

Tuesday, April 18th, 2006

On Sunday, while taking a siesta alongside Black Creek, our collie, Sabrina, spotted the first snake of the season — an Eastern Garter Snake (Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis). Sabrina, ever the long-suffering photographer’s companion, often spots things for me when we’re out hiking. If she finds a frog, a snake, or any other object which she […]

wood frog eggs – update #1

Sunday, April 16th, 2006

On April 12th, I reported on the appearance of this season’s first Wood Frog (Rana sylvatica) eggs in the old drainage ditch (little creek) here at the farm. I’ve been checking up on them daily and have shot a few photos, but there hadn’t been too much change until yesterday. Last evening, I went back […]