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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September 3, 2010

My favorite young Red Fox

Filed under: Animals — Tags: , , , , — Harold Stiver @ 6:00 am
Young Red Fox

Young Red Fox

I was sitting watching a mother fox and her kits one day from my car. She had a home in a pile of old concrete slabs, with high weeds about and there was not much opportunity for photos but it was a wonderful experience just watching them.Suddenly one of the young trotted over and began to watch me, just a few feet away. I was able to get a few pictures and they are some of my favorites from hundreds of thousands I have taken.I hope you like them too.

Young Red Fox

Young Red Fox

Young Red Fox

Young Red Fox

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July 20, 2009

The old Banders Cabin

Filed under: Flowers,Long Point — Tags: , , — Harold Stiver @ 7:00 am

Long Point Tip

The Long Point Bird Observatory is one of North America’s oldest banding organizations. They operate a couple of banding stations including one at the tip of Long Point, a spit of land which attracts migrants who are weary from crossing the Great Lakes.

The tip banding station is an amazing place and I was lucky enough to be invited there a few years back. One of the first things that struck me was how quiet it was, it is not easy to find a spot where the noise of cars isn’t present.

The images are from the old Banders cabin where we stayed with sand, dry grasses and Indian Paintbrush in glorious flower.

Long Point Tip


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April 30, 2008

An early wanderer

Filed under: Birds,Long Point — Tags: , — Harold Stiver @ 4:38 pm

Little Blue Heron

Little Blue Heron, although rare, appears annually in Ontario. This bird was reported a couple of days ago from Long Point and has been seen in the pond by the Bird Studies Canada building in Port Rowan.

The species is white as a juvenile and blue as an adult. This bird is in between those plumages. The early morning backlit light made these images difficult but it is an interesting looking plumage, well worth a look

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