Shoreline Ice at Tommy Thompson Park

Shoreline Ice at Tommy Thompson Park

shoreline ice at tommy thompson park, toronto, ontario, 7

On our one and only outing to Tommy Thompson Park this past winter, Bob and I felt like kids let out of school for the summer.  It was a pleasantly warm, sunny day…typical March weather with a persistent wind out of the north that threatened to chill us to the bone if it weren’t for the strong rays of the sun beating down on our backs.  Still, winter had its icy grip on Toronto’s lakeshore. Read more

Great-tailed Grackles In Zitacuaro

Great-tailed Grackle, zitacuaro, michoacan, mexico, 6

The Great-tailed Grackles that Bob and I saw in Mexico were certainly impressive when it comes to grackles.  On our first morning in Zitacuaro, as we made our way to the patio for breakfast, we did not recognize the ear-piercing call of a number of these birds as they stood sentinel on the hotel’s rooftop. Read more

Wilson’s Warbler at Hotel Rancho San Cayetano

photograph of a Wilson's Warbler along the hiking trail at Hotel Rancho San Cayetano, Zitácuaro, Mexico.

Wilson's Warbler in a tree at Hotel Rancho San Cayetano, in Zitacuaro, Mexico

Last spring, at home in Ontario, Bob and I had fervently hoped to see a Wilson’s Warbler as they migrated through our region to their breeding grounds in northern Canada.  It was a total surprise to spot one in Mexico on our very first day on the ground there, and it was no further than a short walk from our hotel room at Hotel Rancho San Cayetano. Read more

Slate-throated Redstart At Hotel Rancho San Cayetano

Slate-throated Redstart at hotel rancho san cayetano, zitacuaro, mexico, 7

Bob and I traveled to Zitacuaro in the State of Michoacan, Mexico, for the purpose of seeing the Monarch Butterflies that had completed their winter migration.  It was an added bonus to come across a good selection of interesting birds such as this Slate-throated Redstart, and we didn’t even have to leave the property of    Hotel Rancho San Cayetano. Read more

Wildflowers on Ireland’s Inishmore Island

An image of pink colored Thrift growing on Inishmore Island in Ireland. Photography by Frame To Frame - Bob and Jean.

An image of Bloody Cranesbill Geranium growing on Inishmore Island in Ireland. Photography by Frame To Frame - Bob and Jean.

Our first morning on Inishmore Island, Bob and I set off on foot to explore the hills and wildflowers surrounding Kilmurvey House, our bed and breakfast accommodations, and made first for the historic fort, Dun Aonghasa.  What a pleasant surprise to find a good variety of wildflowers growing amongst the karst limestone, many of them in bloom such as this Bloody Cranesbill Geranium (Geranium sanguineum). Read more

Lincolns Sparrow at Hotel Rancho San Cayetano

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Before we even arrived at Hotel Rancho San Cayetano in Zitacuaro, Mexico, we knew it was going to be someplace special.  Not only was the location centrally-located in relation to three nearby monarch butterfly preserves, but it also turned out to be a haven for interesting birds given the lush grounds and proximity to a sheltered river valley.  To our surprise, one day at lunch, a brave Lincolns Sparrow (Melospiza lincolnii) fluttered to the ground next to our sunlit table and cast a curious glance our way. Read more

Berylline Hummingbird at Hotel Rancho San Cayetano

Berylline Hummingbird sitting on a tree at Hotel Rancho San Cayetano in Zitacuaro, Mexico

During the course of our stay at  Hotel Rancho San Cayetano     in Zitacuaro, Mexico, Bob and I observed several different species of hummingbirds, but it always seemed that they were either far away or prone to disappear as soon as we got near.  On our hike down to the river adjacent to the hotel, we came across this Berylline Hummingbird basking in the morning sun. Read more

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