A Lance-tipped Darner Dragonfly Along Algonquin Park’s Mizzy Lake Trail

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Photo of a Lance-tipped Darner Dragonfly along the Mizzy Lake Trail

When hiking the Mizzy Lake Trail in Algonquin Provincial Park, we took a lunch break near the top of the loop a short distance beyond Wolf Howl Pond.  Two small ponds made an inviting place to have our picnic lunch, and there was so much activity around the water that we were fully entertained while we ate.  One Lance-tipped Darner Dragonfly (Aeshna constricta) repeatedly landed on a submerged log directly in front of our picnic spot. Continue reading “A Lance-tipped Darner Dragonfly Along Algonquin Park’s Mizzy Lake Trail” »

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Trumpeter Swans Reunite At Milliken Park In Toronto

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They’re back!  It seems that the pen, H11, and her cygnet were just taking a short vacation away from their home pond.  When Bob and I cycled to Milliken Park Friday morning, October 17, the whole family was cruising the pond together. Continue reading “Trumpeter Swans Reunite At Milliken Park In Toronto” »

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Trumpeter Swan Happenings At Scarborough’s Milliken Park

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Photo of Trumpeter Swans At Milliken Park In Scarborough

Earlier this fall, visitors to Milliken Park in northeast Scarborough would have noticed that only two Trumpeter Swans were inhabiting the main pond where previously there had been a family of four.  Tango, the female or pen, was diligently caring for her one remaining cygnet after the untimely death of her other baby in mid-September. Continue reading “Trumpeter Swan Happenings At Scarborough’s Milliken Park” »

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American Redstart At Ashbridge’s Bay Park In Toronto

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Photo Of An American Redstart At Ashbridge’s Bay Park

At the height of this past spring’s migration, Bob and I made a plan to check out Ashbridge’s Bay Park at the shoreline of Lake Ontario in Toronto.  Hundreds of sightings had been reported there the previous week, so we were up much earlier than usual and on site in the parking lot before the sun’s rays were much above the horizon.  It was fairly late in the morning, however, when we discovered this female American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) in the middle of a dense thicket of trees. Continue reading “American Redstart At Ashbridge’s Bay Park In Toronto” »

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Eastern Gray Treefrog At The Atkinson Park Wetlands

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A Gray Treefrog Sits On A Leaf At Atkinson Park Wetlands

Along about mid-summer, Bob and I were interested in exploring some new wetlands that we had come to know about, and one of them was Atkinson Park Wetlands or McKenzie Marsh in Aurora.  It is located near St. John’s Sideroad and Yonge Street.  Bob and I were delighted to find a series of boardwalks that traversed a good-sized pond and wetland, and these conducted us to a paved trail adjacent to another smaller pond.  It is there that we came upon a Gray Treefrog (Hyla versicolor) sitting discreetly on a milkweed leaf. Continue reading “Eastern Gray Treefrog At The Atkinson Park Wetlands” »

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Fall Colors In Algonquin Park – 2014

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Photo of the Fall Colors in Algonquin Park

Come join me on a virtual tour of the magnificent fall colour that overcame the forests of Algonquin Provincial Park this autumn.  Even before we entered the Park, the show of coloured foliage took our breath away.  At the boundary of the Park is Park Lake, known to many as Long Lake, and as we passed that way, stretching before us was this tantalizing stretch of highway lined with trees dressed for the season. Continue reading “Fall Colors In Algonquin Park – 2014” »

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An Atlantis Fritillary Butterfly along the Mizzy Lake Trail

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Photo of an Atlantis Fritillary Butterfly in Algonquin Park

The location of our picnic spot along the Mizzy Lake Trail happened to be very ideal situated next to a very secluded and quiet pond where we were rewarded with some excellent insect and amphibian sightings before and during our meal.  One delightful insect that we had the pleasure of observing was this Atlantis Fritillary Butterfly (Speyeria atlantis). Continue reading “An Atlantis Fritillary Butterfly along the Mizzy Lake Trail” »

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Least Bittern Juvenile At Colonel Samuel Smith Park In Toronto

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A Least Bittern Along The Shore At Colonel Samuel Smith Park

For the past month, people have been reporting sightings of one, if not two, Juvenile Least Bitterns that have been hanging out at Colonel Samuel Smith Park at the lakeshore in Toronto.  Bob and I went to the Park to look for a flutter of Monarch Butterflies one morning, but coming up empty-handed, we turned our attentions to birdwatching.  It wasn’t too far from our location on Whimbrel Point that we found one of the Least Bitterns (Ixobrychus exilis).  The bird was much smaller than expected. Continue reading “Least Bittern Juvenile At Colonel Samuel Smith Park In Toronto” »

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Blanche Russell’s Rock Houses In Marble Canyon, Arizona

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One Of Blanche Russell’s Rock Houses In Marble Canyon

As Bob and I cruised along the black tarmac, the air literally shivered with the heat.  In the distance, at the base of the Vermilion Cliffs, a mirage appeared complete with stone houses rising up out of the desert sands….or so we thought.  This was one of Blanche Russell’s stone houses that was constructed during the Great Depression. Continue reading “Blanche Russell’s Rock Houses In Marble Canyon, Arizona” »

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Wood Frog On Algonquin Park’s Mizzy Lake Trail

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A Wood Frog Along The Mizzy Lake Trail In Algonquin Park

Earlier this summer, Bob and I undertook to hike the Mizzy Lake Trail in Algonquin Provincial Park.  It is touted as one of the more difficult trails in the Park but also the trail along which hikers have the best chance of sighting wildlife.  The 11-kilometre loop skirts nine small lakes and ponds while passing through dense forest.  We enjoyed a clear day with intermittent clouds that gave brief reprieves from the blazing sun that threatened to discourage any wildlife from making a show of themselves along the trail.  Still, we sighted many turtles and frogs such as this Wood Frog (Lithobates sylvaticus). Continue reading “Wood Frog On Algonquin Park’s Mizzy Lake Trail” »

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Solitary Sandpiper At Lower Reesor Pond in Toronto

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A Sandpiper At Lower Reesor Pond

Bob and I recently visited Lower Reesor Pond in north Toronto because it is fairly close to our home and the day’s weather was uncertain.  There had been recent reports of a Green Heron sighted there, and we were keen to see for ourselves what waterfowl might be on location.  One of the birds that pleased us that day was a Solitary Sandpiper (Tringa solitaria). Continue reading “Solitary Sandpiper At Lower Reesor Pond in Toronto” »

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Our Drive Through The Painted Desert In Arizona

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Chinle Formations In The Painted Desert In Arizona

Despite having been awake since a very early hour, it was not until about 10:30 a.m. that Bob and I decided to make a run for the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.  It was approximately 200 miles from the South Rim, and the roads were very good, so there was plenty of time left in the day to get there and back again.  One of the striking features of landscape to impress us along the route was the Painted Desert with its myriad formations in all colours of the rainbow. Continue reading “Our Drive Through The Painted Desert In Arizona” »

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