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Posted by Jocelyn Posted on Jul - 05 - 2014

Cottage Moths

  A collection of moths from last weekend. Someone left the deck light on one evening, and by morning there was a variety of interesting critters clinging to the board and batten siding. Bearing with my poor moth id skills: Top left and centre right are (the same) Hickory Tussock Moth (loved that pattern so much I  [ Read More ]

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Posted by Jocelyn Posted on May - 24 - 2014

Bruce Birding (Long Weekend)

Spring migration typically peters out out by the time the May long weekend arrives, but it came early enough this year to coincide with the peak warbler push on the Bruce Peninsula. I spent my first afternoon hiking the side trail that runs above Mallory Beach. Whether from the time of day or the chilly  [ Read More ]

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Posted by Jocelyn Posted on Feb - 11 - 2014

Northern Shrike

Shrikes are obscenely cute for something so ferocious, and I’m terribly fond of them.  I spied this young bird streaking past while out searching for Snowy Owls on Saturday, and promptly turned the car around for a better look. I only ever see shrikes during the colder months, and they tend to pop up unexpectedly.  [ Read More ]

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Posted by Jocelyn Posted on Feb - 09 - 2014

Guelph Lake Varied Thrush

A female Varied Thrush has been hanging out near the Guelph Lake dam since at least the beginning of last week. I headed out into the -22C cold Saturday morning, joining a shivering group of birders at the trail head as they waited around for her to make an appearance. An hour and a half  [ Read More ]

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Posted by Jocelyn Posted on Jan - 13 - 2014

House Sparrows

You’d think the deathly cold temperatures of the last few weeks would have driven the birds to the feeder, but my yard has been almost entirely empty since the new year.  A milder spell this weekend finally brought back my usual flock of House Sparrows. Last month’s ice storm took down one of the branches  [ Read More ]

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Posted by Jocelyn Posted on Dec - 17 - 2013

Cardinal

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Posted by Jocelyn Posted on Oct - 31 - 2013

Kinglets

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Posted by Jocelyn Posted on Jun - 05 - 2013

May Sketches

Bluebirds at Huron Natural Area: Warblers on the Bruce Peninsula: Long-tailed Ducks on Colpoy’s Bay: Thrushes and Northern Flicker:

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Posted by Jocelyn Posted on May - 01 - 2013

Meadowlark and Sparrows

Eastern Meadowlark and Savannah Sparrow from Grass Lake this past weekend. White-throated Sparrows and a newly arrived Towhee made an appearance under the feeder yesterday.

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Posted by Jocelyn Posted on Oct - 16 - 2012

Late Fall Migrants – Bruce Caves

A handful of sketches from my holidays last week, fit in during the little bit of decent weather that broke on Friday. Fox Sparrows were a nice surprise.

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