Saturday, November 7, 2020
Thursday, August 20, 2020
This past week - I've had some time to followup on a few excellent birding finds in southwestern Ontario. In particular - I had seen a Western Sandpiper at Essex West Lagoons (Found by Jeremy Hatt) and a Red Knot at Keith McLean (Found by Steve Charbeneau).
I share some photos below:
A Western Sandpiper was seen at Essex West Lagoons - Some photos below:
Monday, July 13, 2020
I woke up this morning at 4:00 am, and headed out to Lakewood Park South, which is in Tecumseh ON. I met up with Steve Pelerin, who is a local astronomy expert. Using my 400mm lens on a cropped sensor resulted in many blurry, shaky photos. I had arrived having realized my wife removed my tripod from my car recently.
I will try to go back tomorrow with my tripod, and I might also try using different (non-telephoto) lenses.
I have been mothing alot lately - at least once per week. So far this year, I have seen at least 6 species of underwing moths, with three new lifer moths!
Below I have four that I was able to photograph:
Little Underwing (lifer)
Hawthorn Underwing (lifer)
White Underwing (lifer)
Ilia Underwing (not shown)
Girlfriend Underwing (not shown)
Good Astronomizing & Mothing,
Tuesday, June 30, 2020
I have visited the Sifton Bog natural area several times over the last few years and its always been a nice, small natural area with distinct bog plants and geography. It really is a bog!
See interpretive brochure:
I had noted on the interpretive sign they have in their parking lot that they had bog coppers - but I had (wrongly) assumed that they were extirpated, as I had not seen them on any of my previous visits.
So this week - I had to purchase something in London - and made a trip to Sifton Bog, as well as Newbury ON (Skunks Misery).
These are tiny butterflies! They have wingspans from 11mm-17mm! This is my fourth Copper species --- the other three being: American, Bronze & Dorcas Coppers. Bog Coppers are also called Crannberry Bog Coppers because they nectar and feed almost exclusively on Cranberry plants.
|A lady on the bog viewing platform pointed out this frog with a snake attempting to consume it.|
|The white flower in the top right - looks like a cranes head looking down. |
That is where Cran - Berry comes from (Crane-berry)