Friday, August 28, 2015

Model sailboat night at Southside Park

Thursday evenings in the summer you can find members of the Woodstock Model Sailing Club at Southside Park racing their fine boats.  You can find their website and information about the upcoming 2015 Victoria Canadian Nationals Regatta here.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Bird banding excitement

This past Sunday we stopped at the osprey nest in London twice - on our way to a movie and on our way home from the movie (The Man from U.N.C.L.E - it was great fun).  I took a few shots each time and was very pleased with this photo, particularly when I realized it was not the adult nesting female but another female, wearing a leg band.


As luck should have it, I follow the nf.birds@googlegroups and easily found the name of a person to contact for help with the banding information.  I emailed Rob Bierregaard (check out his website here) and he advised me on how to report the banding via the North American Bird Banding Program under the general direction of the U.S. Geological Survey and the Canadian Wildlife Service.  When I filed the report I was advised that it could take upwards of 4-6 weeks before I'd hear anything.  That was quite an overestimation as I received the certificate via email last night!


How cool is that?!

Note that, while the sighting was at the corner of Clarke and Fanshawe Roads in London, Ontario the GPS coordinates identify the location as ENE of Fanshawe, Ontario.

Monday, August 3, 2015

All about the birds

A nice surprise - a Cedar Waxwing at the edge of the Zehr's grocery store parking lot.

Mama and one chick having a look around at the Osprey nest.


Canada Geese do a fly 'round at Southside Park.



Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Evening in and near the Park



Ta-da!

Ta-da!  That's pretty much how I felt when we caught our first glimpse of a chick in the Osprey nest on Friday.  So far we've only seen one so maybe this will be a spoiled only-chick.  Time will tell.


We checked in again on Sunday and spotted Clarke (the papa) getting ready to chow down on lunch.


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.


Sunrise


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!