Our Up-close Encounters in the Birder’s Paradise at Long Point

scarlet tanager, the old cut, long point, ontario

The first trip that Bob and I booked for the sole purpose of birding was to the Birder’s Paradise at Long Point on Lake Erie in Ontario.  Through different facebook groups, we had seen ample evidence of bird sightings at Long Point, and we were eager to check out the area for ourselves. Read more

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A Melanistic Eastern Garter Snake at Long Point in Ontario



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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

Our Birding Excursion by Zodiac to the Tip of Long Point



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Our Birding Excursion by Zodiac to the Tip of Long Point

bob and jean at the tip of long point, lake erie, ontario

When Bob and I decided to go birding at Long Point on the shores of Lake Erie in Ontario, it was our first planned trip for that purpose.  We spent a couple of days birding popular areas near Port Rowan and Long Point Provincial Park but also had pre-booked a Zodiac boat ride from Long Point Tours out to the Tip of Long Point. Read more

A Barred Owl in wintry Rouge National Urban Park



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A Barred Owl in wintry Rouge National Urban Park

a barred owl, rouge national urban park, ontario

When I suggested a walk in Rouge National Urban Park one day, I jokingly said that maybe we would see an owl.  About an hour later, that prediction came true when I almost walked up to a beautiful Barred Owl sitting low in a small deciduous tree. Read more

A Virginia Opossum takes a walk in the Canadian snow

A Virginia Opossum takes a walk in the Canadian snow

a young Virginia Opossum, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

On a recent wintry day, Bob and I headed to our local park for some fresh air and a bit of exercise.  As we walked the asphalt trail through a wooded section of the park, I noticed movement off to the side of the walkway.  A young Virginia Opossum had dared to be out of its den during daylight hours! Read more

White-tailed deer casually foraging on Amherst Island



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White-tailed deer casually foraging on Amherst Island

A white-tailed deer foraging on Amherst Island, Ontario, Canada.

Amherst Island is situated in Lake Ontario near Kingston, and for at least a couple of years, Bob and I had intended to visit it.  The intention was to photograph birds of prey that winter there.  Our explorations were enriched by of a healthy population of White-tailed Deer that casually foraged in different areas. Read more

Snowy Owls on Amherst Island in Ontario, Canada



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Snowy Owls on Amherst Island in Ontario, Canada

a snowy owl, amherst island, ontario

Bob and I learned about Amherst Island from fellow birders who touted it as the most reliable location to see Snowy Owls in the winter.  On our first ever trip there, we were not disappointed. Read more

A Northern Saw-whet Owl Takes Us By Surprise In Ontario



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A Northern Saw-whet Owl Takes Us By Surprise In Ontario

a northern saw-whet owl in ontario, canada

The date was in mid-November, Bob’s birthday actually, and to mark the occasion, we decided to get out in the field for some birding.  Little did we know that a diminutive Northern Saw-whet Owl would make our day! Read more

A Cooper’s Hawk takes on a Big Brown Bat



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A Cooper’s Hawk takes on a Big Brown Bat

a cooper's hawk in a north Toronto park, ontario, canada

On what seemed a very ordinary winter day, Bob and I took a leisurely walk over to one of our local parks to escape the routine of familiar household chores.  Milliken Park in Toronto, Ontario, was almost deserted.  Though we scanned bushes and trees, not a single bird was seen until I noticed a solitary Cooper’s Hawk perched on a sunlit branch.  Seconds later, the hawk launched into the air and nabbed a Big Brown Bat that was flying by. Read more

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