Jul 292016
 
Cardinal Flower - August 3, 2016 - Big Gull Lake - Elaine Monkman

Cardinal Flower – August 3, 2016 – Big Gull Lake – Elaine Monkman

Here are some sightings of interest from this past week (July 25 – 31, 2016)) at my brother’s cottage on Big Gull Lake, south of Bon Echo Provincial Park.

  1. Family group of Cooper’s Hawks. Two or three very vocal juveniles, “whistling” loudly. As big as adults.
  2. A covey of 8 Ruffed Grouse, almost adult size.
  3. A Hummingbird Clearwing Moth on the petunias at the dock.
  4. A “convocation” of five, non-breeding Common Loons on the lake.
  5. A larval Blue-spotted Salamander, which was still showing gills behind the head. Was in a backwater section of shoreline, protected from waves by a large fallen log.
  6. Several Dragonhunter dragonflies.
  7. Numerous Red-eyed Vireos (probably young ones) on cottage property.
  8. Two Ruby-throated Hummingbirds at nectar feeder.
  9. Cardinal flowers in bloom along shoreline.
  10. Bird song: Hermit Thrush, Red-eyed Vireo, Pine Warbler

Drew Monkman

juvenile Cooper's Hawk - Linda Easton

juvenile Cooper’s Hawk – Linda Easton

Mar 162016
 
Barred Owl - Judy Watts - Big Gull Lake - Feb. 27, 2016

Barred Owl – Judy Watts – Big Gull Lake – Feb. 27, 2016

We’ve been fortunate to have seen a Barred Owl at our lakeside home on three occasions recently.  One evening after dark, it flew through our covered feeder and grabbed a flying squirrel with its talons. It took the squirrel to the deck, stayed there for a couple of minutes, and then carried its prey away, leaving a little crime scene behind.  I was absolutely awestruck!

Judy Watts, Big Gull Lake, Kaladar

Barred Owl on deck at Big Gull Lake - March 2016 - Judy Watts

Barred Owl on deck at Big Gull Lake – March 2016 – Judy Watts