A curious Eastern Milksnake on the move in Rouge National Urban Park

A curious Eastern Milksnake on the move in Rouge National Urban Park
an Eastern Milksnake in Rouge National Urban Park, Markham, Ontario

Pandemic birding and nature hikes have kept us close to home since March of 2020, and one of our favorite places to get outdoors is in Rouge National Urban Park.  On an early June day, we were very fortunate to see an Eastern Milksnake in Bob Hunter Memorial Conservation Area. Read more

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Cecropia Moth Caterpillar in Rouge National Urban Park

Cecropia Moth Caterpillar in Rouge National Urban Park

cecropia moth caterpillar, rouge national urban park, markham, ontario

On a late July afternoon, on his way to a local farmer’s market, Bob made a brief stop at North Reesor Pond in Rouge National Urban Park.  His intention was to look for shorebirds, but with none presenting, he began to scour the reeds and bushes for insects.  That is when he happened upon this most unusual caterpillar, a Cecropia Moth Larva. Read more

Eastern Screech Owlet in Rouge National Urban Park, Toronto

eastern screech owlet, rouge national urban park, toronto

Pandemic Birding had been a whole new experience for Bob and me.  Since the pandemic was officially declared in March 2020, we had made outdoor activities a priority but always kept within a 30-minute radius from our home.  On one such occasion in late May, we happened upon this newly fledged Eastern Screech Owlet. Read more

Winged Jewels, The World of Butterflies at Ecocentro Danaus, Costa Rica

jean at ecocentro danaus, costa rica

Day 2 in Costa Rica had us first completing a very early morning guided bird hike.  After breakfast back at Hotel Kokoro, Bob and I headed to Ecocentro Danaus on the edge of La Fortuna.  It is a private reserve with a butterfly conservatory where Bob and I hoped to see some of Costa Rica’s tiny winged jewels. Read more

Among the Natural Splendor and Wildlife at Ecocentro Danaus, Costa Rica

Among the Natural Splendor and Wildlife at Ecocentro Danaus, Costa Rica

jean and ecocentro danaus sign, la fortuna, costa rica

Bob and I covered a lot of ground on our second day in Costa Rica.  We began birding before sunrise and by early afternoon, we decided to check out Ecocentro Danaus on the outskirts of La Fortuna. The small private reserve was rich in wildlife. Read more

White Rhinoceros and other Close Calls in Hluhluwe-Imfolozi, South Africa

White Rhinoceros and other Close Calls in Hluhluwe-Imfolozi, South Africa

The route we chose as a conduit between Hilltop Camp and the Nyalazi Gate in South Africa had us experiencing a couple of close calls on our last morning in Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve.  One incident was when we came head-to-head with this massive White Rhinoceros. Read more

Our hike up to the Gros Morne Summit in Newfoundland

Our hike up to the Gros Morne Summit in Newfoundland

a view of jean and gros morne mountain, newfoundland, canada

Gros Morne Mountain is the second highest mountain on the island of Newfoundland, Canada.  Its French name means “big dreary” or “great sombre” mountain perhaps because it is often cloaked in fog, wrapped in snow or capped with clouds. Read more

A Melanistic Eastern Garter Snake at Long Point in Ontario

A Melanistic Eastern Garter Snake at Long Point in Ontario

melanistic eastern garter snake, crown marsh, long point, ontario

After several hours of bird watching at Long Point Bird Observatory in Ontario, Bob and I decided to check out another location, Crown Marsh, before heading off for dinner.  A lengthy walk there on Long Point Trail 6 had us coming across this substantial Melanistic Eastern Garter Snake. Read more

Among the Magnificent Frigatebirds on Mexico’s Isla Isabel

Among the Magnificent Frigatebirds on Mexico’s Isla Isabel

the Sun rising above the horizon on the Pacific Ocean off San Blas, Mexico

Bob and I could hardly wait to land at Isla Isabel.  We were promised Blue-footed Boobies and Magnificent Frigatebirds with no fear of humans.  Referred to as “North America’s Galapagos”, Isla Isabel lies about 43 miles northwest of San Blas on the Pacific Coast of Mexico. Read more

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