Thursday, June 18, 2015

Supper hour in the Park

Geoff and I went to the Park this evening to see if we could locate where the Swan family has relocated, but to no avail.  I have it on good authority that the parents have moved the cygnets upstream, where they will likely have a quieter life while the little ones are growing.  Hopefully they're doing well.

We did find a nice surprise though.  There are at least 8 Barn Swallow nests under the Parkinson Road bridge at the south end of the park, it was like a performance of Cirque du Soleil under there! Here are two adults and 3 chicks tucked away in one of the nests up under the bridge.  Looks like the chicks are squawking for their supper.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Peace in the Park

Did you know there are fossils to be found in Southside Park?

Early Saturday morning the male swan was keeping watch over his mate and the nest from the pond.

Blue Flag Irises

The Toulouse Geese playing mirror images :-)

Osprey update - penthouse view

Yesterday we stopped by to check on the nest and caught a glimpse of Lois in her penthouse nest (that's her head in the red oval).  As is the pattern with nesting ospreys, they've added more branches to the nest this year - making it even more difficult to see them.  It's likely their clutch of eggs will hatch in the next week or so but it will be well into July before we'll be able to see them from our vantage point on the ground.  No sign of Clarke while we were there.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

In the company of friends by the sea

This past Thursday, May 28th, was my friend Marilyn's 60th birthday so I traveled to Beresford, New Brunswick to join in the celebration.  The birthday cake was a delicious Cherry Cake made by Marilyn's sister Roseanne.

Here's a quick tour of some of the nature moments of the week.

American Goldfinches at Marilyn and Paul's feeder - two males and one female.

A male Rose-breasted Grosbeak.

Marilyn and Paul also have two hummingbird feeders and this male Ruby-throated Hummingbird was a frequent visitor.

Isn't he cute?

A warm windy day at Beresford Beach.


Rhododendrons and bee outside Danny's Restaurant and Conference Centre.

Foggy evening looking north at the beach.

Sunset over the lagoon.

Rowing practice.

It was a great visit and vacation.  

Thanks for everything, Marilyn and Paul!

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Sunday in the park

All's still quiet at the Swan nest

the Toulouse Geese were out for a morning swim

the Canada Geese goslings were sitting around being adorable

all in all, a lovely spring morning

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Osprey nest update

We stopped by to check on the Osprey nest at the corner of Clarke Road and Fanshawe Road in London this afternoon and I managed to capture this shot of the male, Clarke, as he was leaving the nest.  Hopefully there will be eggs in the nest soon.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Swan nursery

There is a pair of swans at Southside Park and the family expansion program is underway for this year.  The City of Woodstock Parks Department lent a helping a hand and set up a seriously sturdy boundary for the nest area.

I'll provide an update when the eggs hatch and we know how big the family will be.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The Micropasts adventure

One year ago today I happened upon a facebook link to an article that started with this paragraph:

Ever wonder what it's like to work at one of the best natural history museums in the world? (And we're not talking about taking lessons from Ben Stiller.) Or do you really just love the fine art of transcribing documents? If so, London's renowned British Museum would like your help.

The rest is history, pardon the pun.  The link was posted on facebook on April 23, 2014 from a CBC website for the now defunct George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight tv show. It immediately piqued my interest so I clicked on the Micropasts link in the second paragraph and started contributing to transcription applications that same night.  Since that day I've spent countless hours enjoying  volunteer transcription work - helping to contribute to this worthwhile project.

Here's how this crowd-sourcing initiative is described the Micropasts site:

So, today I'm celebrating a year of time well spent and my enthusiasm hasn't waned - it's great fun and for me it's a great adventure that I can participate in from the comfort of my own home, thousands of miles away from the British Museum.

I hope you're lucky enough to find something to do with your spare time that even half as interesting as the Micropasts project.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

This weekend in birds

A pair of Toulouse Geese doing their morning yoga at Southside Park.

Sorry for the grainy shot, but this pair of Buffleheads (foreground l-r male, female) weren't inclined to come any closer to the shore at the Southside Park pond

A serene moment on the shore at Southside.

And finally, (l-r) Clarke and Lois surveying the neighbourhood while they do some housekeeping at their London nest.