October 01, 2015


Dead tree standing.

Found this tree along Spicebush trail in Rondeau Provincial Park.

This is an ash tree that has been infested by the emerald ash borer.
The insect bores its way underneath the bark and destroys the cambium layer that is the living portion of a tree.
Vascular cambium does not transport water, minerals, or dissolved food through the plant. it does produce the phloem and xylem which perform these functions.

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You don't bring me flowers anymore.

Of course you don't have fingers which makes it difficult.

The pilings at Rondeau
Provincial Park.

Too bad Ontario Parks can't be bothered to do anything about replacing the pier.

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September 28, 2015


Cape May warbler- fall migration

The fall migration is continuing with low numbers of birds but good variety of species.
We had 10 species of warblers yesterday including Cape May warblers.

Setophaga tigrina

The tongue of the Cape May Warbler is unique among warblers. It is curled and semitubular, and is used to collect nectar during winter.

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September 27, 2015


So, why do they call it a yellow rump?

Lots of yellow rumped warblers around today and no two of them look alike.

Setophaga coronata 

Male Yellow-rumped Warblers tend to forage higher in trees than females do.

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September 25, 2015

Monarch butterfly in the garden, late August.

Danaus plexippus

North American monarchs are the only butterflies that make such a massive journey—up to 3,000 miles (4,828 kilometers). The insects must begin this journey each fall ahead of cold weather, which will kill them if they tarry too long.

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September 24, 2015


He decided he didn't like sushi.

This rusty blackbird played with the fish for a few minutes then dropped it.

Not sure what it was trying to do with it.

Euphagus carolinus

The Rusty Blackbird feeds mostly on insects and plant matter, but it sometimes attacks and eats other birds. It has been documented feeding on sparrows, robins, and snipe, among others.
source- Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

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September 23, 2015



While out birding on the boat we came across a pair of American Avocets on a sandbar in the bay.

A rare visitor to our area. Also picked up a rusty blackbird, flying soras,egrets, great blues and a calling virginia rail.

Recurvirostra americana

American Avocet chicks leave the nest within 24 hours after hatching. Day-old avocets can walk, swim, and even dive to escape predators. source 0 Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

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September 22, 2015


Over the marsh

Belted kingfisher flying over the marsh at Rondeau Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada .

Megaceryle alcyon
Pleistocene fossils of Belted Kingfishers (to 600,000 years old) have been unearthed in Florida, Virginia, Tennessee, and Texas. The oldest known fossil in the kingfisher genus is 2 million years old, found in Alachua County, Florida. source - Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

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