Nature Notes

October 24, 2012

Red Foxes in Ontario

Filed under: Animals,Long Point — Tags: , , , — Harold Stiver @ 6:00 am

Red Fox

Early one morning, while looking for migrant birds along the lake at Long Point, Ontario,I spotted an adult fox standing like a sentinel on a pile of rubble. As I drove slowly closer I was delighted to see that there were a half a dozen young kits playing under her watchful eye. She gave a sharp alarm bark and they quickly disappeared.

I sat quietly in my car, and eventually they re-appeared. The mother had decided I was not a threat and I had the treat of watching them tussle and play. One curious young animal came within a few feet to examine me. I spent several hours watching them and eventually the adult became confident enough with my presence to go off on a hunt.

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August 18, 2012

Moose from Algonquin

Filed under: Algonquin,Animals — Tags: , , , — Harold Stiver @ 6:00 am

Bull Moose

Algonquin Park is a wonderful place to see wildlife and one of the most spectacular animals to be found there is the Moose.

One of the surprises on first seeing this animal is its sheer size, it is truly awe inspiring.

They can be seen at any season in Algonquin.

Moose Female Moose calf


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December 9, 2011

White-tailed Deer Buck

Filed under: Amherst Island,Animals — Tags: , — Harold Stiver @ 6:00 am
White-tailed Deer

White-tailed Deer

White-tailed Deer are the most numerous and widespread of the larger North American mammals and they seem to be extending their range.

This buck was on Amherst Island in the early morning. The grass has received a coating of frost from the ice mist coming off the warmer water around the island.


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October 30, 2011

Belted Galloway, Maine

Filed under: Animals,Maine — Tags: , — Harold Stiver @ 6:00 am
Belted Galloway, Maine

Belted Galloway, Maine

Belted Galloway are a rare breed of cattle originally from Scotland. This group looked especially good in the autumn background of Maine.


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September 25, 2011

Southern Sea Lions: Tierra del Fuego, Argentina

Filed under: Animals,Argentina — Tags: , , — Harold Stiver @ 6:00 am

Southern Sea Lion

In the Beagle Channel at Tierra del Fuego, lie a number of small rocky islands. On a few of these islands, large numbers of Southern Sea Lions bask in the sun. The sexes are much different in size, the males very large with a huge head, and darker in color than the females.

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July 28, 2011

Blacktail deer with two fawns

Filed under: Animals,British Columbia — Tags: , , , — Harold Stiver @ 6:00 am
Blacktail deer, Odocoileus hemionus

Blacktail deer, Odocoileus hemionus

This Blacktail deer, Odocoileus hemionus, mother has brought her two fawns to the shore on Vancouver Island. I think this may be so they can get some salt.

This species often have two youngsters but it is common for only one to survive.


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July 9, 2011

White-tailed Deer fawn in a grain field

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White-tailed Deer fawn

White-tailed Deer fawn

While driving down a quiet country road, I saw what looked like a couple of ears sticking out of the field of grain. After waiting a bit, this fawn peeked to see if I was gone. When the mother leaves a young fawn, they lie quietly under cover. It is said that they don’t have much of a scent at early ages, which gives them additional protection from predators.


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June 1, 2011

Eastern Chipmunk

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Eastern Chipmunk

Eastern Chipmunk

This is a neighbor of mine, in fact he lives with his mate under my back shed. He has it pretty good with the pick of the seeds from my bird feeders, and some quick to reach hidey holes when the local cats venture by.

I occasionally see him stick his head out on a sunny winter day but they are normally in a state of torpor, reduced activity but not a true hibernation.

Eastern Chipmunk

Eastern Chipmunk

Before winter arrives, they keep us amused by filling their cheeks with seeds and storing them in their burrows.


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