We live at the 12th Line and Northey’s Road in Selwyn. This Red-bellied Woodpecker has been here for the past week. Not the best picture (taken December 3). Paul Vigneux

Red-bellied Woodpecker (Paul Vigneux)

I had a productive day (December 6) at the Peterborough Airport. Most of these birds were photographed along Moncrief Line. Carl Welbourn

Today, December 11, I was at the Peterborough Airport and saw an adult male Snowy Owl and a Belted Kingfisher. Carl Welbourn

Today, December 16, I saw several small Dandelions in bloom around our neighborhood.  Pretty crazy, I think, for one week before Christmas! Carrie Sadowski, Lakefield (Note: The temperature hit 14.8 C in Peterborough on December 16. D.M.)

More shots from the Peterborough Airport area on December 20. Carl Welbourn

I had a sighting of a Cooper’s Hawk along the River Road at Lock 23 on Dec 21. Carl Welbourn

At our cottage on Crowe Lake, we’ve been watching our annual convention of Trumpeter Swans. After I took this video there was quite the flurry of activity. We are so fortunate to be able to enjoy this part of nature. Bob and Maxine Prentice

At least 22 Trumpeter Swans on Crowe Lake east of Havelock, ON (Bob and Maxine Prentice)

I came across this rather wet Merlin in Beavermead Park in Peterborough on Christmas Day. (Drew Monkman)

After driving around the county all day on December 24, I returned to town to find this Snowy Owl sitting on a hydro pole outside Ventura Plastics on Technology Drive. Carl Welbourn

Immature Snowy Owl (Carl Welbourn)

I came across this Barred Owl on Technology Drive in SE Peterborough on the afternoon of December 27. Carl Welbourn

This evening, December 28, I revisited the Barred Owl I’d seen on Technology Drive the day before and also found another individual further along . This one is a much larger bird. Carl Welbourn, Peterborough

Drew Monkman

I am a retired teacher, naturalist and writer with a love for all aspects of the natural world, especially as they relate to seasonal change.