November 22, 2014


The horns of a dilemma

This young male white-tailed deer wandered through the yard yesterday.
His tiny antlers looked more like tiny devil horns on a halloween costume.

Odocoileus virginianus

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November 20, 2014


American pipit.

This is a new yard bird for us.
We have seen them in the general area but not at home.
We only see them during migration.

Anthus rubescens .

The American Pipit is a small, slender, drab bird of open country. Although it appears similar to sparrows, it can be distinguished by its thin bill and its habit of bobbing its tail.

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November 19, 2014


Could you ask for directions?

Noooo. You knew where we were going. Now everything looks the same and we are going to be late for the hatchling party.

Apalone spinifera spinifera

The Spiny Softshell is also known as the "pancake turtle" because of its rather flat, round, leathery upper shell, or carapace. The long neck and elongated, tubular snout allow this turtle to breathe while almost fully submerged and virtually unseen. Softshells ambush prey by lying concealed in bottom mud.

source -Royal Ontario Museum

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November 18, 2014


Flash Freeze

Yesterday this was open water, it froze overnight.
The far shore is about 6km, 3
+ miles, away.

The clouds represent more snow coming in.
At least we are better off than Buffalo N.Y. at the other end of Lake Erie.
They have received over 4 feet , well over a meter,of snow in two days and are expecting another two feet.
Temperatures are far below freezing and it is only November.

Bah! Humbug!

Remember to fill those bird feeders.

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November 17, 2014


A winter pond.

This is our little pond in the yard where I get a lot of nature photos.
Winter arrived today with a vengeance.
The birds seem to be in shock and so am I.

I know it isn't very Canadian but I really LOATH winter.

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November 16, 2014


Two toned paint job.

How do you like the colours on my bill.
Pretty cool, eh?

Ardea herodias

Despite their impressive size, Great Blue Herons weigh only 5 to 6 pounds thanks in part to their hollow bones—a feature all birds share.
The oldest Great Blue Heron, based on banding recovery, was 24 years old.

source - Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

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November 13, 2014


Little Bustard

We saw this bird waaayyyy off the beaten track while we were in Spain. We were so far off there wasn't a track, just a few ruts through a field.
He was doing a mating display, jumping up and spreading his wings.
Our guide was impressive, he knew exactly where to go to get virtually every bird we wanted to see.

Tetrax tetrax

Breeds in open terrain vegetation tall enough to give it cover.

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