Monday, December 26, 2016
An American Mink was recently observed dragging a Common Muskrat across the ice in the bay and pulling it into it's winter den.
Thanks to Bruce Wilkinson for these images.
Friday, December 23, 2016
Wednesday, December 21, 2016
|LONG-EARED OWL - PHOTOGRAPHER, WAYNE RENAUD|
Unfortunately, that number has dwindled down to none. It was supposed initially that there was not enough food (mice and voles primarily) to support such a large number and they just went somewhere else.
But, in the past few days, observers have witnessed raptor (hawk) attacks on the owls and found a number of carcass remnants. The suspect (or one of the suspects) was identified as a Northern Harrier, an uncommon visitor to the park. It is not known if all the owls met the same fate or whether some moved on because of the threat.
|NORTHERN HARRIER (MARSH HAWK)|
To see a video of a truly amazing Long-Eared Owl migratory "invasion" of a small town in is Serbia, click this link ...
Monday, December 19, 2016
The president of FOSS will host a family oriented Christmas bird count on December 26, 2016 for Colonel Sam Smith Park. This is a spur of the moment idea which was started because Bird Studies Canada does not have a circle which includes our park for a Christmas Bird Count.
The count is informal and will not be shared with Bird Studies Canada. It could become a tradition. Families or individuals just need to download these two files. One is the map of the park and the second is the counting form.
The count can be at any time of the day. You do not need to pick a zone on the map to count in, just count wherever you are in the park. Identify the zone(s) you are in on the form.
When completed, send the form to me by listing your birds in an email, (email@example.com) or scanning the count sheet and emailing the file, or printing it and mailing it to my address. Identify yourself and family if you wish or keep it private. I will tally the species and count and have a report placed on our FOSS website for all to see. Send a photo of a bird you identified on the 26th if you wish.
President, Friends of Sam Smith Park (FOSS)
426 Valermo Drive
Etobicoke, ONM8W 2L9