Back in Time: Romantic Skating at Cedarena in Markham, Ontario

Back in Time: Romantic Skating at Cedarena in Markham, Ontario

cedarena skating rink, cedar grove, markham, ontario

It is with fond memories that Bob and I recall skating on the woodland skating rink called Cedarena.  Nestled into a valley along Little Rouge Creek in what is now Rouge National Urban Park, this skating rink provided the most whimsical experience when visited on a Tuesday evening. Read more

A Great Horned Owlet – A Ways to Go – Our Final Visit

A Great Horned Owlet – A Ways to Go – Our Final Visit

great horned owl and owlet, markham, ontario

The Great Horned Owlet that Bob and I had been observing in Markham, Ontario, Canada, during the month of May 2021 was nearing 6 weeks of age.  We weren’t certain if it would still be in the woodlot where it hatched but figured it was worth a look. Read more

A Great Horned Owlet Hiding in Plain Sight – Visit 4

A Great Horned Owlet Hiding in Plain Sight – Visit 4

a great horned owl, markham, ontario

Bob and I refrained from visiting the Great Horned Owls in Markham, Ontario, Canada, for a few days.  From another person in the know about the owls’ location, we learned that the Great Horned owlet was becoming increasingly difficult to find. Read more

A Great Horned Owlet with Wanderlust – Visits 2 and 3

A Great Horned Owlet with Wanderlust – Visits 2 and 3

great horned owlet and adult in nest, markham, ontario

On May 12, Bob and I went to check on the Great Horned Owls’ nest previously observed in a Markham park in Ontario, Canada.  We found the 3-week old Great Horned owlet hunkered down out of sight.  After a few minutes, the owlet appeared over the lip of the nest and looked in our direction.  We were there and gone after 15 minutes. Read more

A Great Horned Owlet Newly Hatched – Visit 1

A Great Horned Owlet Newly Hatched – Visit 1

great horned owl, markham, ontario

In early spring, 2021, Bob and I were contacted by a friend who had been tipped off to the location of a Great Horned Owl in our midst.  It turned out that there was a pair of these owls raising a newly-hatched chick near the urban area of Markham, Ontario. Read more

Northern Hawk Owl Winters in Southern Ontario

Northern Hawk Owl Winters in Southern Ontario

northern hawk owl, schomberg, ontario

Northern Hawk Owls are denizens of boreal forests and rarely leave their breeding grounds.  Some winters, however, for lack of food in their normal habitat, Northern Hawk Owls will venture into southern Canada and even the northern United States.  In 2019, nature enthusiasts like ourselves were thrilled to have a Northern Hawk Owl show up in the village of Schomberg in southern Ontario. Read more

A Varied Thrush Enduring Ontario’s Cold Winter

A Varied Thrush Enduring Ontario’s Cold Winter

Bob and I had been seeing reports of a Varied Thrush sighted in Central Ontario in early December 2019.  A denizen of forests in the Pacific Northwest of Canada and continental U.S.A., the visitor was far from home and seemed to be enduring Ontario’s cold winter quite well. Read more

Baltimore Checkerspot Butterflies in Ontario, Canada

Baltimore Checkerspot Butterflies in Ontario, Canada

baltimore checkerspot butterfly, rouge national urban park, markham, ontario

Back in June of 2017, Bob and I became aware of some Baltimore Checkerspot Butterflies that had been observed in Toronto.  We were really struck by the beauty of these butterflies, a species that we had never seen before. Read more

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