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Swans, eagles and cranes: North Channel paradise for birdwatchers

Swans, eagles and cranes: North Channel paradise for birdwatchers

Spring brings back the birds
Column: The birds are telling us spring has arrived

Column: The birds are telling us spring has arrived

I was in the Coniston LCBO the other day and struck a conversation with a resident of that fine area.
The Big Winter Three and what you should feed them

The Big Winter Three and what you should feed them

The latter portion of February and early March can be turbulent times, particularly with the likes of the snow storm we just experienced. Feeders become particularly important.
Witness winter’s bohemian waxwing rhapsody

Witness winter’s bohemian waxwing rhapsody

I was sitting at lunch the other day when a prominent local astronomer mentioned he had seen a large flock of dark, almost black birds descend on a tree in front of someone’s yard in his neighbourhood.
For ornithologists, Boxing Day about birds, not deals

For ornithologists, Boxing Day about birds, not deals

It is 7:30 a.m., and the temperature reads 0 C. Not too bad. I have to get into the car and make a quick bypass drive to Chelmsford then east to Azilda. I am getting into position for my responsibility.
This is cool: Bald eagles found nesting in the city

This is cool: Bald eagles found nesting in the city

I got a call one evening and was asked a question about a large bird that had soared over the caller’s car locally, very locally. Surprised, he knew what he was looking at and hopefully not too distracted, was able to identify it to his satisfaction.
Nature's bulldozer: The eastern chipmunk

Nature's bulldozer: The eastern chipmunk

Mark has returned from a well-deserved two-week vacation at the camp. When he arrives at the house, he comes across a mystery that initially defies comprehension.
Column: What's that racket? You've got merlins

Column: What's that racket? You've got merlins

“Oh that noise! It never seems to let up. I swear it starts as soon as the sun rises. What time is it? 6 a.m.!” The yard is majestic and one situated in the older properties in Greater Sudbury.
Column: I brake for turtles: Don't hit the snappers

Column: I brake for turtles: Don't hit the snappers

There are copious amounts of sand along both sides of the bridge. It was dumped over the rock fill years ago to level off and fill out the gaps that formed when the new cement culvert was put in place.
Cormorants: The bird everyone loves to hate

Cormorants: The bird everyone loves to hate

Flap, flap, flap, glide. Flap, flap, flap, glide. I watch as it skims along the surface of Ramsey Lake. The bird is low to the water and level as it is making its way to the islands near the middle of the lake.