July 23, 2015

 

Flower frog

Sitting on top of a cone flower in the yard. Just chillin'.



I suppose I should know what type of frog this is but I'm having a senior moment.

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July 22, 2015

 

Summer sky.

Over the marsh at Rondeau Provincial Park taken from our boat on  Lake Erie.


Cirrus clouds are thin, wispy clouds that usually form above 18,000 feet. These clouds are blown by strong westerly winds aloft into streamers known as "mares' tails" Cirrus clouds generally move from west to east across the sky and usually "point" to fair weather.

source USA Today.

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July 21, 2015

 

Aw dude, you stink!


Hey it's not my fault. Mom gave me a caterpillar. You know what happens when I eat caterpillars.


We have barn swallows nesting in the peak of our roof, just under the eaves. It has been fun watching them grow.

Hirundo rustica

According to legend, the Barn Swallow got its forked tail because it stole fire from the gods to bring to people. An angry deity hurled a firebrand at the swallow, singeing away its middle tail feathers.

The oldest known Barn Swallow in North America was 8 years, 1 month old.

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July 20, 2015

 

Don't worry, be happy

I haven't looked up the type of dragonfly this is but it is probably the Happy Face Dragon.


Numerous dragonflies of several types are showing up in our yard.

Lighten up and smile.

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July 19, 2015

 

Feeding junior

This wren house is under the eaves next to our living room.
We get to watch the steady routine of the adults coming in with various insects for the brood.



Troglodytes aedon .

For House Wren eggs, temperature inside the nest box can be critical to survival. If a sun-drenched nest box warms above about 106 degrees Fahrenheit for an hour, the eggs will begin to die. If a cold snap chills a nest below about 65 degrees Fahrenheit for more than a day it can also doom the eggs.

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July 16, 2015

 

A walk in the woods

Came across an American Woodcock on a forest trail earlier today.
Strange looking creature, even odder when it walks.

Scolopax minor

Young woodcocks leave the nest a few hours after hatching, but for their first week they depend on their mother for food. They start to probe in dirt at three or four days after hatching.

The woodcock is also known as the timberdoodle, Labrador twister, night partridge, and bog sucker.

The oldest American Woodcock on record was 11 years, 4 months old.

source - Cornell Lab of Ornithology

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May 25, 2015

 

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water...



Forget snakes on a plane, there are snakes in the water.
We were out on the pontoon looking for shorebirds when Anne spotted something swimming towrds the boat.
Initial reaction was that was the fastest turtle we had ever seen.
As it came closer it turned into a snake.
It would swim on the surface, dive and resurface.
Rondeau's own little Loch Ness
monster.

It's hard to tell but it may be a eastern fox snake. We have seen them in the water before.

If you can help with the id I would appreciate.
It could also be a northern water snake.

Assuming it is an eastern fox it is -
Pantherophis gloydi

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