August 21, 2017

First step, get a foot out/up.

Checked in with the turtle recovery team and there were a number of turtles hatching out including this soft shelled turtle.

Apalone spinifera

In Canada, females of this species may take more than 10 years to mature. Spiny softshells mate in spring, usually in deep water, and nest in June and July in open sandy or gravelly areas close to water. Females lay up to 36 eggs, though the typical clutch size is around 20

August 19, 2017

Banding hummingbirds.

We hummingbird banders at the cottage yesterday.
Caught and banded 6 ruby throated hummingbirds.
This will give you an idea of just how small a hummingbird band is.

August 14, 2017

Snapping turtle

First turtle hatchling release of the season for me.
These are two snapping turtle hatchling.

Chelydra serpentina

In Ontario, females do not begin to breed until they are 17 to 19 years old. They dig a nest in late May or June in an open area, usually one with loose, sandy soil. The nest site is often the side of a road, an embankment or a shoreline, but the females will use almost any area they can excavate. A single clutch usually consists of between 40 and 50 eggs, which hatch in the fall. Hatchlings are two to three centimetres in length. The incubation temperature of the eggs determines the gender of the hatchlings.

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August 12, 2017

Northern Flicker.

He was sitting in a large tree about 100 feet up.
I thought it would come down to the pond for a drink.
It didn't.

Colaptes auratus
Northern Flickers generally nest in holes in trees like other woodpeckers. Occasionally, they’ve been found nesting in old, earthen burrows vacated by Belted Kingfishers or Bank Swallows.
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August 10, 2017

Happy Hour.

Mourning Dove, Rondeau Provincial Park, Aug 6, 2017
During the day mourning doves come in and have baths.
Later in the evening they just come in for a drink.

Zenaida macroura
Mourning Doves eat roughly 12 to 20 percent of their body weight per day, or 71 calories on average.

August 03, 2017

Ruby throated hummingbird.

Took this shot yesterday(?) for my friend Eileen in Scotland.

Archilochus colubris
Ruby-throated Hummingbirds are eastern North America’s only breeding hummingbird. But in terms of area, this species occupies the largest breeding range of any North American hummingbird.

August 01, 2017

Cedar waxwing.

Sat out in the yard and had an immature cedar waxwing come in. Had a bath and then continued on his way.

Bombycilla cedrorum
Many birds that eat a lot of fruit separate out the seeds and regurgitate them, but the Cedar Waxwing lets them pass right through. Scientists have used this trait to estimate how fast waxwings can digest fruits.
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