Feb 092019
 

Eastern Coyote: We saw a coyote on Sunday morning, Feb. 10 beside the Westview Village (Lansdowne Street west) pond, on the north side of Harper Park. It had been lying down in the snow nearby, then wandered around the pond area and ran back into the forest. I managed to get several pictures of it from inside our house. It was really favoring its right rear leg, but it still seemed to be very mobile and able to trot along quite well without a problem. Rene Gareau, Lansdowne Street

Eastern Coyote – Westview Village – Feb. 2019 – Rene Gareau

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

American Crows: I live on Walkerfield Avenue in Peterborough. About once a week there is an enormous murder of crows (anywhere from 40 to 60) that lands on the road and lawns at my corner. They peck away at the road but I cannot imagine what they are finding to eat! There have also been the same number of crows gathered in a single tree many times a week this winter in many parts of the west end.  Catherine Dibben

A crow harassing a Red-tailed Hawk – Helen Keller

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Greater Scaup (1)
– Reported Feb 08, 2019 13:28 by Chris Risley
– Peterborough–Little Lake Cemetery, Peterborough, Ontario
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– Comments: “continuing; male; rounded head; in with flock of Common Goldeneye opposite Beavermead Park”

Greater Scaup (male) photo from Wikimedia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

White-winged Scoter (Melanitta deglandi) (1)
– Reported Feb 04, 2019 13:10 by Erica Nol
– Otonabee River opposite north end of zoo, Peterborough, Ontario
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– Comments: “Swimming up river, looked like immature male. Clear white wedge of wing stripe on folded wing. Otherwise all black bird.”

White-winged Scoter on Otonabee River – Tom Northey – Feb. 2, 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Snow Buntings: I’m sending along a picture of the Snow Buntings that showed up on February 1st on our farm in Indian River. They were here last year too. I think they remembered that I put bird food out for the Rock Pigeons, Wild Turkeys, Blue Jays and anyone else who might show up. My husband set up our trail camera to catch this photo. I love watching the flock fly around and listen to their pretty chirping!   Sandra Yeoman, Indian River 

Snow Buntings – February 2, 2019 – Indian River – Sandra Yeomans

Snow Buntings – January 2019 – Campbellford – Donald Munro

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pine Martens in Algonquin Park:  I took these pictures on Feb. 2 of Pine Martins at Mew Lake in Algonquin Park. They come out of the pines to eat at campsite garbage cans. One came 4 feet away. Donald Munro

Pine Martens 1 Feb. 2019 Mew Lake – Donald Munro

Pine Marten teeth – Mew Lake – Feb. 2019 – Donald Munro

 

Nov 182017
 

The news about the American Chestnut trees that I have been bringing along up near Kinmount for the last 15 years is not good, I’m afraid. First: None of the nuts I planted last Fall sprouted so I had no new seedlings to plant this year. Second: I think because we had such a cold and wet Spring, only one of my three trees produced blossoms. Being dioecious (separate male and female trees), this meant there was virtually no hope of producing viable nuts this Summer, unless there are surviving American Chestnut trees nearby. Third: I hope it was due to a late frost but the new growth of leaves on all three of my trees exhibited noticeable deformation, although the remainder of the trees remained healthy-looking until they dropped their leaves. I’m hopeful that this isn’t a symptom of that devastating blight.
I am happy to report though that we saw bats at our cabin regularly through the Summer. I would say that their numbers are coming back up there. We also saw quite a few Monarch butterflies; more than in the past several Summers. We have never seen so many Moose as this summer: Two siblings (I presume) together on a game camera in the Spring, one big bull Moose in September and another, different bull Moose just a couple of weeks ago. Unfortunately, only two days after we saw the first bull Moose in our meadow, huge rack and all, my wife had a collision with him on Crystal Lake Road. Miraculously, and thankfully, she was completely unhurt, although the car was extensively damaged. The only other bit of good news coming from that is that the Moose ran off into the woods, apparently unhurt. The Moose we caught on camera a couple of weeks ago was younger, with a smaller rack and he appeared healthy.
We saw a Quail crossing Fire Route 397, and I believe they are considered endangered in Ontario now. For the first time ever we captured a Pine Marten (I believe) on a game camera. We also caught many does, a few bucks, several foxes, turkeys, raccoons, porcupines, rabbits, coyotes/wolves/coywolves . . . and a hunter trespassing on our property, shotgun in hand, who stole one of our game cameras. As always, notifying the police is a waste of time. He better not have shot one of our quail, or anything else for that matter.

Michael Doran, Peterborough

Pine Marten – Gord Belyea

American Chestnut leaves and nuts (Wikimedia)