Nature Notes

November 27, 2011

Birding Ambergris Cay, Belize

Filed under: Belize,Birds — Tags: , — Harold Stiver @ 6:00 am

Ambergris Cay, Belize

Ambergris Cay is the largest of some 200 cayes or islands off of the coast of Belize and is a tourist attraction. It seems to have been so for a long time, perhaps going back to the Mayans.

In the town of San Pedro, you can rent bicycles allowing you to explore some of the rest of the island.

During our week there, we found a small but interesting number of birds. As expected herons were well represented and included Great Blue, Tricolored, and Green Heron as well as Great and Snowy Egret. Roseate Spoonbill are always a treat to see and White Ibis were numerous.

Among the mangroves, the unique subspecies of Yellow Warbler, sometimes known as the “Mangrove Warbler” was seen. Other warblers species included Magnolia, Palm, American Redstart, Northern Waterthrush and Common Yellowthroat. The Bananaquit which has various interesting subspecies was
common. Doves were common, with the introduced Rock Pigeon joined by White-winged and White-tipped Dove and Common and Ruddy Ground Doves.

One of the main targets of the trip, the Black Catbird turned out to be common away from the town and we also saw its cousins, the Gray Catbird and Tropical Mockingbird.

Offshore the Brown Pelican could be seen with Laughing Gull, Roseate, Sandwich and Royal Tern, and Magnificent Frigatebird .

The blackbird family included the abundant Great-tailed Grackle, Melodious Blackbird, Yellow-backed, Altamira , Hooded and Orchard Oriole.


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November 25, 2011

Williams Mill: Ontario’s Old Mills

Filed under: Mill,Ontario — Tags: , , — Harold Stiver @ 6:00 am
Williams Mill: Ontario's Old Mills

Williams Mill: Ontario’s Old Mills

These three 19th century buildings found in Glen Williams have included a gristmill, sawmill and flourmill. They have been renovated to house an interesting collection of artist’ studios and galleries. The first building, a saw mill, was built by Benajah Williams and his sons, Joel and Charles, about 1825. The oldest of the remaining buildings probably dates to the 1850s.

The website for the mill can be found here http://www.williamsmill.com/

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November 12, 2011

November 11, 2011

Vimy Memorial, France

Filed under: France — Tags: , — Harold Stiver @ 6:00 am
Vimy Memorial, France

Vimy Memorial, France

The Vimy memorial in France commemorates the Canadian soldiers who served in World War One and is situated on part of Vimy Ridge, which was an important engagement for them. It is a magnificent monument found in a quiet country setting.

 

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Vimy Memorial, France Vimy Memorial, France

 


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November 7, 2011

Shadows at Apps Mills:A Short Timelapse

Filed under: Mill,Ontario,Timelapse,Video — Tags: , , , , — Harold Stiver @ 6:00 am

Apps Mills is an old grist mill not far from where I live in Paris, Ontario.

 

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November 1, 2011

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