A Hummingbird Clearwing Moth at Oxtongue Lake

A Hummingbird Clearwing Moth at Oxtongue Lake

Image of a clearwing hummingbird moth at lilac bush at oxtongue lake, in ontario.

If ever you have seen a Hummingbird Clearwing Moth, you were probably mesmerized as we were by the sheer look of its see-through wings and the way it hovers like a hummingbird.  In fact, you might have mistaken it for one of those teeny birds.  Bob and I have seen Hummingbird Clearwing Moths on a couple of occasions, once in Algonquin Park and this one above in my mom’s garden at Oxtongue Lake, Ontario. Read more

The Courtship Ritual of Cedar Waxwings

The Courtship Ritual of Cedar Waxwings

Cedar waxwings courting in trees at Oxtongue Lake in Ontario

My childhood home at Oxtongue Lake holds a very special place in my heart, and we visit there often.  Every season has something special to offer and to excite Bob and me.  In early June, it was the nesting pair of returning Eastern Bluebirds that first captured our attention, but with expansive views from mom’s sunroom windows, we saw at least a dozen other species of birds including four pairs of Cedar Waxwings. Read more

A Modest Sphinx Moth Caterpillar at Oxtongue Lake

A Modest Sphinx Moth Caterpillar at Oxtongue Lake

Modest Sphinx Moth Caterpillar on the ground at Oxtongue Lake, Ontario, Canada

How would you like to come face to face with this fierce-looking caterpillar if you were about knee high to a grasshopper?  It was about 4 inches long (10 cm), around 1/2 inch in diameter (1 cm), and surprisingly quick at navigating through the tangle of grass.  This is the larva of a Modest Sphinx Moth (Pachysphinx modesta) that we saw in the community of Oxtongue Lake, Ontario, near the end of August 2015. Read more

An Eastern Garter Snake at Oxtongue Lake

An Eastern Garter Snake at Oxtongue Lake

eastern garter snake, oxtongue lake, ontario, pic 2

Bob and I spend a lot of time at my childhood home at Oxtongue Lake, in Ontario, because my parents still occupy the same house all these 65 years later.  That is where I had my first encounter with a Garter Snake (Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis) when I was knee high to a grasshopper.  Seldom since then have we seen any snakes on their property, but this beauty slithered across the beach property recently, and I was so pleased to become reacquainted. Read more

Eastern Bluebirds with Fledglings at Oxtongue Lake

Eastern Bluebirds with Fledglings at Oxtongue Lake

eastern bluebirds at oxtongue lake, ontario

My dad, who lives at Oxtongue Lake in Ontario, had been trying for 15 years to woo a pair of Eastern Bluebirds (Sialia sialis) to nest on his property.  Not since the year 2000 had he even seen Eastern Bluebirds in the area.  You can imagine how excited he was this May when a pair showed up and demonstrated interest in one of his homemade nest boxes. Read more

Great Blue Heron Chicks At Oxtongue Lake Rookery

Great Blue Heron Chicks At Oxtongue Lake Rookery

Great Blue Herons and baby , Oxtongue lake, Ontario

On a visit to Oxtongue Lake, in Ontario, Bob and I made a point of revisiting the now familiar Great Blue Heron rookery because we knew the Great Blue Herons had made their return to the nests earlier this spring.  What a delight to see so many young herons once we got our binoculars and camera lenses focused on the nests. Read more

A Northern Flicker Hunts For Grubs At Oxtongue Lake

A Northern Flicker Hunts For Grubs At Oxtongue Lake

northern flicker - sits atop tree stump - oxtongue lake - ontario

For my mom and dad, seeing a Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus auratus) is a fairly common occurrence at Oxtongue Lake, in Ontario.  The birds frequent their backyard and beach property because both locations have sandy soil with a good supply of ants.  When Bob and I visited in mid-May one spring, I was lucky enough to see a female flicker industriously trying to find some grubs in an old tree stump. Read more

1 2