An Eastern Screech Owl (Red Morph) in Burlington, Ontario

An Eastern Screech Owl (Red Morph) in Burlington, Ontario

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Bob and I had heard that, at a particular cemetery in Burlington, Ontario, there are no less than three Eastern Screech Owls (megascops asio) that inhabit nest holes in a couple of different trees.  On the morning of our most recent visit, we did find one of the Red Morph Screech Owls, but when directed to a second tree that a pair of Screech Owls calls home, the cavity showed no sign of its occupants.  It wasn’t until much later in the afternoon that I spotted this Red Morph when it poked its head out of the dark hollow for a peak at the world. Read more

Eastern Screech Owl Red Morph In Burlington’s Woodland Cemetery

Eastern Screech Owl Red Morph In Burlington’s Woodland Cemetery

Eastern Screech Owl - Red Morph at Woodland Cemetery in Burlington, Ontario, Canada

Well, Bob and I can finally say that we have seen an Eastern Screech Owl (Megascops asio) in the wild, as opposed to one we visited at the Mountsberg Raptor Centre a couple of years ago.  It has taken us two years to finally see the Eastern Screech Owls at Woodland Cemetery in Burlington and not for lack of knowing where to look.  It was overcast one day last week when Bob and I again ventured west of Toronto in hopes of finding at least one of the known Screech Owls out of its nest hole.  Read more

Trumpeter Swans with Cygnets at Milliken Park in Scarborough

Trumpeter Swans with Cygnets at Milliken Park in Scarborough

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How exciting to find that the pair of Trumpeter Swans (Cygnus buccinator) at our local park in north Scarborough now have two recently-hatched offspring to care for.  As Bob and I looked on, the cygnets kept very close to “mom” on the shore of the pond… Read more

Grey Catbird At Ashbridge’s Bay Park In Toronto

Grey Catbird At Ashbridge’s Bay Park In Toronto

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At the peak of bird migration this past spring, Bob and I headed to Ashbridge’s Bay on the Lake Ontario waterfront in the hopes of sighting a variety of bird species all in one go.  Reports had been pouring in about the large numbers of warblers and other songbirds seen there over the previous week, fresh from their flight across the wide expanse of the smallest of the Great Lakes, Lake Ontario.  At its maximum width, the lake is 53 miles (85 km) across.  Amongst several bird species that we photographed that day was this Grey Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis). Read more

Cliff Swallows At Harris Water Treatment Plant in Toronto

Cliff Swallows At Harris Water Treatment Plant in Toronto

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But for a fellow birdwatcher posting a photo to Facebook of the Cliff Swallows (Petrochelidon pyrrhonota) nesting at the Harris Water Treatment Plant in Toronto, neither Bob nor I would ever have known such a colony existed.  It was the structural intricacy of their nests that had us making a beeline to The Beach for a look. Read more

A Hooded Merganser in Hendrie Valley Sanctuary

A Hooded Merganser in Hendrie Valley Sanctuary

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Bob and I drove out to Hamilton, Ontario, on a recent spring day, and opted to hike a trail system near the Royal Botanical Gardens rather than revisit Cootes Paradise, one of our favorite places to go birdwatching.  The Hendrie Valley Sanctuary encompasses a variety of habitats including marshlands, forested slopes, floodplain wetlands and four creeks.  It was there, as we walked along a section of Grindstone Creek, that we came upon this Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus) paddling its way upstream. Read more

The Victorian Walled Garden at Kylemore Abbey, Ireland

The Victorian Walled Garden at Kylemore Abbey, Ireland

An image of the Walled Victorian Gardens at Kylemore Abbey in County Galway, Ireland. Photography by Frame To Frame - Bob and Jean.

The grandeur of Kylemore Abbey extends well beyond the opulence of the original Castle to the expansive Victorian Walled Garden that rises from the heretofore boggy moorland in County Galway, Ireland.  It is a magnificent example of what can be achieved when creative engineering is combined with tenacity and inspiration. Read more

A Sandhill Crane At Grass Lake In Ontario

A Sandhill Crane At Grass Lake In Ontario

An image of a Sandhill crane at Grass Lake near Cambridge, Ontario, Canada.

A sudden change in plans had Bob and me with a free day in which to go birdwatching, an opportunity not to be missed.  Recent reports on ebird Canada had us setting our sights on an area just west of Toronto, an area to which we had never gone birdwatching before.  It promised to be a fruitful day, and sure enough, amongst other species observed, we did sight one Sandhill Crane (Grus canadensis) at Grass Lake near Cambridge, Ontario. Read more

Our Hike In Ashford Castle’s Mystical Forest

Our Hike In Ashford Castle’s Mystical Forest

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The estate property of Ashford Castle boasts a dense, healthy forest thanks to the efforts of previous owners Sir Benjamin Lee Guinness and his eldest son, Lord Ardilaun.  Sir Benjamin had thousands of trees planted during his occupancy of the castle after acquiring it in 1852, and in later years, when the estate passed to Arthur, he expanded the plantings to create extensive woodlands. Read more

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