July 26, 2017

Blanding's turtle.

Got out on the pontoon today, I even got to drive.
One of the things we saw was this Blanding's turtle sitting at the edge of the marsh.

Emydoidea blandingii
Blanding's Turtles live in shallow water, usually in large wetlands and shallow lakes with lots of water plants.

It is not unusual, though, to find them hundreds of metres from the nearest water body, especially while they are searching for a mate or traveling to a nesting site.

Blanding's Turtles hibernate in the mud at the bottom of permanent water bodies from late October until the end of April.
source - https://www.ontario.ca/page/blandings-turtle

July 24, 2017

Spring peeper.

Anne spotted this tiny spring peeper on a wire fence in the front yard.
Tiny thing, maybe 1"(2.4cm) in length.
It moved around from plant to plant.

Pseudacris crucifer
The tiny spring peeper is tan or light brown in colour with a darker X-shaped marking on the back. The largest peeper on record was a mere 3.7 centimetres long. The breeding call of this species is a single, loud, high-pitched peep repeated over and over. A full chorus can be deafening up close and can be heard over a kilometre away. In large choruses, peepers will also trill, advising other males to keep their distance.
source- https://www.ontarionature.org/protect/species/reptiles_and_amphibians/spring_peeper.php

July 23, 2017

Eastern Kingbird, Rondeau Provincial Park, June 2017

Delivering fruit to its young, probably a raspberry.

Tyrannus tyrannus
Parent Eastern Kingbirds feed their young for about seven weeks. Because of this relatively long period of dependence, a pair generally raises only one brood of young per nesting season.
source - https://www.allaboutbirds.org/…/Eastern_Kingbird/lifehistory

July 21, 2017

Red-headed woodpecker, immature.

Most of the adults have stopped feeding young birds.
It is fun to watch the youngsters try to figure out the feeders.
This is an immature redheaded woodpecker.

Melanerpes erythrocephalus
Immatures have gray-brown heads, and the white wing patches show rows of black spots near the trailing edge.
Adults have bright-red heads, white underparts, and black backs with large white patches in the wings, making the lower back appear all white when perched
source - https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Red-headed_Woodpecker/id

July 18, 2017

Immature male red winged blackbird.

Enjoying a bath on a hot day.
Not a large selection of birds around the yard these days but their is lots of activity.

Agelaius phoeniceus
Red-winged Blackbirds roost in flocks in all months of the year. In summer small numbers roost in the wetlands where the birds breed. Winter flocks can be congregations of several million birds, including other blackbird species and starlings. Each morning the roosts spread out, traveling as far as 50 miles to feed, then re-forming at night.
source - https://www.allaboutbirds.org/…/Red-winged_Blac…/lifehistory

July 17, 2017

When nature gives you wrens, you post wrens.

This is a Carolina Wren in the hedge in bad light.
Yes excuses, excuses.

Thryothorus ludovicianus

A pair bond may form between a male and a female at any time of the year, and the pair will stay together for life. Members of a pair stay together on their territory year-round, and forage and move around the territory together.

July 09, 2017

Who's a pretty boy?

Not me but that's okay.
Had two surgeons do a 7 hour open heart surgery on Tues July 4, now I'm back home.
Won't be doing much on flickr but don't forget about me , new photos coming.