June 26, 2017

Sagrada Familia

This is part of the skyline of Barcelona Spain.

The large cathedral just left of centre is The Basílica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família.
Construction was started in 1882 and is projected to be completed by 2026.

June 25, 2017

New and improved.

Needed a new a pump for the pond/stream which necessitated rearranging the rocks and bits and pieces.
At first I bought a 1500 gallon per hour pump. Quickly realized I wanted 1500 litre per hour pump.
The 1500 gph would have shot the water out of the pool and half way across the yard.
I don't think woodland birds like to surf.

Piranga olivacea
The female Scarlet Tanager sings a song similar to the male's, but softer, shorter, and less harsh. She sings in answer to the male's song and while she is gathering nesting material.
source - https://www.allaboutbirds.org/g…/Scarlet_Tanager/lifehistory

June 22, 2017

The jelly thief.

We put out grape jelly for the orioles and it turns out that gray catbirds like it as well.
Not big enough to push orioles off, he just waits his turn. How Canadian.

Dumetella carolinensis
The Gray Catbird’s long song may last for up to 10 minutes.
source - https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Gray_Catbird/lifehistory

June 21, 2017

Hovering Jay.
A close relative of the Blue Jay.

We have a suet feeder for woodpeckers that blue jays ad grackles keep raiding.
It is a piece of log with holes drilled into it that is filled with homemade suet.

Woodpeckers can hold on and feed without problem. The jays have to hover and stab at the suet as this one is doing.

Cyanocitta cristata

The pigment in Blue Jay feathers is melanin, which is brown. The blue color is caused by scattering light through modified cells on the surface of the feather barbs.
source - https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Blue_Jay/lifehistory

June 19, 2017

Blanding's turtle.

Went looking for a fawn a friend saw, missed it but found this Blanding's turtle near the parking lot of the trail.

Watched until it was safely across the road.

Emydoidea blandingii

Blanding's Turtles live in shallow water, usually in large wetlands and shallow lakes with lots of water plants.

It is not unusual, though, to find them hundreds of metres from the nearest water body, especially while they are searching for a mate or traveling to a nesting site.

Blanding's Turtles hibernate in the mud at the bottom of permanent water bodies from late October until the end of April.
source - https://www.ontario.ca/page/blandings-turtle

June 18, 2017

Map Turtles.

I was trying to think up a good title for this image.
I thought of something like
99 map turtles on the dock,
99 map turtles...

Didn't fit but now I've got 99 bottles of beer on the wall stuck in my head.
Is it yours now.
Misery loves company.
Graptemys geographica

Female northern map turtles may take more than 10 years to reach maturity. They nest from June through July and lay a single clutch of up to 17 eggs. They hatch in the fall, and in some cases the hatchlings overwinter in the nest. The incubation temperature of the eggs determines the gender of the hatchlings.

source -https://www.ontarionature.org/protect/species/reptiles_and_amphibians/northern_map_turtle.php

June 17, 2017