A Gray-cheeked Thrush Hides In Our Toronto Lilac Bush

A Gray-cheeked Thrush Hides In Our Toronto Lilac Bush

gray-cheeked thrush, toronto, ontario, canada

On spring, as I went about cleaning up the dishes after breakfast, out of the corner of my eye I saw a blur fly past the patio door and make a sharp veer to the left.  I was grateful that the bird hadn’t been fooled into flying into the window’s reflection.  I was keen to locate it in my backyard and thrilled when the bird turned out to be a Gray-cheeked Thrush.  Read more

Nashville Warbler Enjoys The Blossoms

nashville warbler - stands among pink apple blossom with tongue - toronto - ontario

One of my favorite backyard features is the flowering crab apple tree outside our bedroom window.  It reminds me fondly of the wild cherry tree that bloomed next to my bedroom window when I was a child growing up at Oxtongue Lake.  Bob and I scrutinize this apple tree for avian visitors every time we pass by the window.  A pleasant surprise greeted us late one afternoon when a Nashville Warbler (Oreothlypis ruficapilla) sat nestled in amongst the pink flower buds. Read more

The Sad Fate of Two Magnolia Warblers at Oxtongue Lake

The Sad Fate of Two Magnolia Warblers at Oxtongue Lake

magnolia warbler - male - recovering after hitting window at - oxtongue lake - ontario

Towards the end of May one spring, Bob and I were visiting my parents at Oxtongue Lake, in Ontario, and, as usual, we kept a keen eye on the trees for any visiting migratory or local nesting birds.  As on one other occasion earlier in the spring, mass confusion was inspired when a Merlin Falcon erupted out of the pine trees alongside my dad’s driveway and spooked a number of the songbirds.  This time, we were very saddened to see that a pair of Magnolia Warblers (Setophaga magnolia) had crashed into the windows of the sunroom. Read more

Our Hike In Ireland’s Wicklow Mountains National Park

An image of Jean standing at the lookout on the Spinc Hiking trail in Wicklow Mountains National Park in County Wicklow, Ireland. Photography by Frame To Frame - Bob and Jean.

An image of the Glenealo River at Glendalough in County Wicklow, Ireland. Photography by Frame To Frame - Bob and Jean.

The day following our wild ride around the countryside in and around Glendalough, Bob and I wanted to get up close and personal with nature by going for a hike in Wicklow Mountains National Park.   The predawn light nudged me from my sleep around 4 a.m., and excitement snuck into my consciousness as I thought about the hike we would take in the morning. Read more

Great Blue Herons On Their Nests At Oxtongue Lake

Great Blue Herons On Their Nests At Oxtongue Lake

great blue heron - standing on nest gives me a look - oxtongue lake - ontario

During the third week of May one spring, Bob and I found ourselves in the community of Oxtongue Lake, in Ontario, Canada.  One of our objectives was to visit the Rookery where Great Blue Herons have nested in past years.  When we first broke through the forest that surrounds the beaver pond, we saw only vacant nests.  It wasn’t long before one of the majestic herons flew in and landed on its nest. Read more

A Yellow-rumped Warbler At Ontario’s Oxtongue Lake

A Yellow-rumped Warbler At Ontario’s Oxtongue Lake

yellow rumped warbler - myrthle version - sings up in tree - oxtongue lake - ontario

Bob and I visited the community of Oxtongue Lake, in Ontario one spring to help celebrate my dad’s 90th birthday.  Being early in May, there was lots of activity in the trees with migrating birds returning to their nesting grounds.  Along Oxtongue Lake Road, we were lucky to see a Yellow-rumped Warbler singing merrily from the branch of a tree at roadside. Read more

Various Types of Turtles We Have Sighted Across Ontario

two red-eared slider turtles -  milliken park - toronto - ontario - canada

various types of turtles - milliken park - toronto - ontario

As Bob and I so often do, we walked to Toronto’s Milliken Park one afternoon in early spring.  It was an unusually hot day which explained the assembly of turtles basking in the sun at the side of the park’s largest pond.  I couldn’t help think of the adage, “get your ducks all in a row” because there were the turtles, all lined up in order.  They certainly occupied  every inch of available space on that log. Read more

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