Nov 172016
 

The photo was taken back in June, 2016, by Daryll Ferriss in Ardbeg, which is close to Parry Sound. He managed to pick up the pair and had great difficulty in getting the dragonfly to let go of the hummingbird. He gently separated the legs from the bird but the dragonfly was not for letting go with his mouth (or whatever dragonflies have).  Once he finally got them separated the dragonfly flew away instantly; however the hummingbird took a few minutes to get over the shock but did fly off in the end.  The picture and story is absolutely true and in no way ‘photo-shopped’.

Andrea (via Wasyl Bakowsky)

Dragonhunter holding Ruby-throated Hummingbird it just caught. Photo by Daryll Ferriss - June 2016 - Ardberg, ON

Dragonhunter holding Ruby-throated Hummingbird it just caught. Photo by Daryll Ferriss – June 2016 – Ardberg, ON

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

Sep 122015
 

August 16: Our hummingbird feeder has been busy this summer. The hummers of course enjoy it, but also we have had orioles feeding almost the entire summer. This morning, this a Downy Woodpecker thought he might give it a try…..sweet tooth I guess !!

Regards,
Nancy Cafik

Ruby-throated Hummingbirds - Nancy Cafik

Ruby-throated Hummingbirds – Nancy Cafik

Baltimore Oriole - Nancy Cafik

Baltimore Oriole – Nancy Cafik

female Downy Woodpecker - Nancy Cafik

female Downy Woodpecker – Nancy Cafik

May 102015
 

A female Rose-breasted Grosbeak and a male Indigo Bunting visited my feeder on Thursday, May 7th. I was able to take some photos.  Nice to see new species! The same day, I also had Northern Cardinals, American Goldfinches, Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, White-crowned Sparrows and Chipping Sparrows coming.

Cindy Bartoli, Peterborough

female RBGR - Cindy Bartoli

female RBGR – Cindy Bartoli

male INBU - Cindy Bartoli

male INBU – Cindy Bartoli

male Indigo Bunting - Greg Piasetzki

male Indigo Bunting – Greg Piasetzki