Our hike to Baker’s Brook Falls in Newfoundland



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Our hike to Baker’s Brook Falls in Newfoundland

Baker's Brook Falls in Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.

Baker’s Brook Falls is situated in Gros Morne National Park in the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador.  It is actually a series of three waterfalls that tumble over three successive limestone ridges underlying Baker’s Brook.  The middle set of cascades, seen here, are the most impressive. Read more

On the Trail of Snowy Owls in Ontario



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On the Trail of Snowy Owls in Ontario

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An irruption of Snowy Owls in southern Ontario in the winter of 2017/2018 gave Bob and I huge expectations of seeing one.  Reports had been pouring in from all across the province, so we made plans to go touring with friends in the hopes of turning up a couple. Read more

Thousands of Greater Snow Geese migrating in fall through Ontario



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Thousands of Greater Snow Geese migrating in fall through Ontario

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On a cool November day with sunshine in the forecast, Bob and I decided on the spur of the moment to take a drive into Eastern Ontario to see the spectacle of Greater Snow Geese amassing near Casselman.  Reportedly, 60,000 Snow Geese had already formed one flock with more arriving hourly. Read more

All dressed up for Christmas, bring on the snow!



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All dressed up for Christmas, bring on the snow!

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With the recent substantial snowfalls, our home and property is ready to celebrate a White Christmas.  And when I awoke this morning, I found that yesterday’s wind and warm temperatures had sculpted the snow into an artful scalloped edge that neatly framed each Christmas bulb. Read more

Dog-day Cicadas mating in the heat of summer



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Dog-day Cicadas Mating in the heat of summer

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On a recent sultry summer day here in Toronto, Ontario, I went out to the garden to tend to some chores.  Imagine my surprise, as I bent to the task of deadheading my Gaillardia, when something clipped the side of my head.  Seconds later, I noticed a pair of Dog-Day Cicadas mating where they lay on the pavement of the street. Read more

7 Trumpeter Swan Cygnets at Milliken Park, Toronto



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7 Trumpeter Swan Cygnets at Milliken Park

Trumpeter swans with seven cygnets at Milliken Park in Toronto, Ontario
For the second year in a row, the mated pair of Trumpeter Swans that have taken up residence at Milliken Park in Toronto gave birth to a new set of cygnets…7 in all this past spring!  Within a couple of days, Ashton and Tango, as they are fondly known, lost one cygnet to unknown causes, but the other six are thriving. Read more

Mink Frogs Along The Mizzy Lake Trail



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Mink Frogs Along Algonquin Park’s Mizzy Lake Trail

Mink frog sittting on a log in a wetlands along the Mizzy Lake Trail in Algonquin Park, Ontario

Along the back half of the Mizzy Lake Trail in Algonquin Provincial Park, if you hike in a counterclockwise direction as suggested, you will eventually arrive at Dizzy Lake.   That is where Bob and I found dozens of frogs including several Mink Frogs.  It was late in the afternoon when we crossed that particular section of wetland adjacent to the lake, and a good many frogs seemed to be contentedly basking in the sunshine while soaking in the water. Read more

Piping Plover Chicks at Darlington Provincial Park



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Piping Plover Chicks at Darlington Provincial Park

Piping Plover at darlington provincial park, ontario

What a thrill to learn that, this year, not one but two pairs of Piping Plovers have nested on the beach at Darlington Provincial Park here in Ontario.  This is really noteworthy for three reasons. Read more

Osprey enjoys flight above Carden Alvar, Ontario



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Osprey enjoys flight above Carden Alvar, Ontario

Osprey in flight at Carden Alvar, City of Kawartha Lakes in Ontario

After spending all day at the Carden Alvar in Ontario, basically patrolling along Wylie Road north to the T intersection and back again to McNamee Road,  Bob decided that we should continue to check out some other areas of that protected habitat before we made for home.  Cameron Ranch and Canal Lake both deserved a short visit, and near the causeway that crosses the lake we discovered one pair of Osprey already occupying a nesting platform. Read more

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