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JC Melendez
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Follow-up to Banded Loggerhead Shrike Sighting in Carden
A reply from Ontario's Loggerhead Shrike Recovery Program was received today, expressing gratitude for reporting my sighting of the banded Loggerhead Shrike. It's a bird that there's been no record of yet for this year, and their Carden biologist will follo...

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Bear Necessities
Rainy days make for road trips ahead of their arrival, not to mention some spectacular sunsets the night before: Four minutes later:  Two minutes later marking the arrival of the mosquitoes, grrrrr :  Yesterday's sun rise  was equally sick: Tessa and I head...

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Finally!
Sightings of the resident Pileated Woodpecker(s) at the cottage this year have been few and far between, thanks to Hydro One decimating the tree population along the Point. But finally last week from inside the cottage I glimpsed the male flying in to land ...

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Learning the Tools with a Turkey Vulture
Common Grackles mobbing a most cooperative subject (not to mention one of my favorites !) caught my eye a week ago on a back road, allowing me a ten minute practice session with my new camera equipment: The Turkey Vulture was now free of the Grackle mob, se...

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A Regal Encounter Fit for, or rather WITH a King
I headed out this morning ahead of the forecasted rain to check for Common Loons for this year's Canadian Lakes Loon Survey and wasn't disappointed with a few special moments with other species.  The silly Osprey pair who continues to re-build their doomed ...

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Tracking the Tundras
The annual spring migration of Tundra Swans through Southern Ontario was underway this week, so it was time for me to return to the Long Point area along Lake Erie.  But it wasn't only for the swans. This was my first of a few Bald Eagles seen that day:  I ...

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Ring-billed, errr, I mean Ring-NECKED Duck!
My recent close encounters with winter ducks have brought back fond memories of time well spent a year ago along the Toronto lakeshore with a cooperative male Ring-necked Duck.  He was easily recognized by the white ring around his bill rather than the cinn...

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I Can't Help Myself....
My time with the Long-tailed Ducks earlier last week was so much fun that it was impossible for me to stay away, so a few days later I returned to the harbour at sunrise. This time it was much colder, resulting in less open water which worked to my advantag...

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Duck Soup
Another tough winter on the Great Lakes has meant limited open water to see those precious winter ducks that I adore, but with last week's teaser thaw I was able to spend some time with quite a few species, starting with a Lesser Scaup at Whitby harbour: A ...

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The Icing on the Cake
Taking advantage of the recent and now fleeting, grrrr thaw, I arrived at the west end of Lake Ontario at sunrise a few days ago to spend some time with one of my favorite winter waterfowl species, the Long-tailed Duck. I had no idea how successful I'd be a...
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