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Nature / Re: Ice as medium
« Last post by Charline on January 12, 2022, 09:12:01 am »
I also like ice and snow formations. Haven't ventured out this winter yet.


I have a few from previous years.

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Nature / Re: Ice as medium
« Last post by Ally on January 11, 2022, 10:28:22 pm »
Did you take them today? Do you still have any of your own fingers?
They are so artistic as always. The 2nd one is my favourite.
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Nature / Ice as medium
« Last post by Shortsighted on January 11, 2022, 09:14:38 pm »
 Ice can be a source of form and texture when it is not busy being a pain in the ass.

Unwashed dishes



Pieces of a puzzle





Evil Chimera





Abrasive obstacle





Swiss Cheese





Shear Phallicity





Alien Landscape





Quicksilver
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Backyard Birding / Finches
« Last post by Ally on January 10, 2022, 02:48:01 pm »
These are tough birds, chatting while foraging.
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Anything Goes / Flowers
« Last post by Ally on January 10, 2022, 10:26:19 am »
Flowers are so nice
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Toronto Reports / Re: Sandhill cranes still around?
« Last post by Charline on January 05, 2022, 07:37:24 pm »


Yes, some Sandhill cranes are still around,   few up in Minising area and fair number still down in Long Point area.  I have seen them down in Cambridge, Bannister Lake area,  up to end of Dec, depends upon year, once all the lakes and ponds freeze up and snow covers the fields  they move south,  but with the weather this year up & down more have remain this year


Yes, I even went to Long Point to photograph the sandhill cranes, snow geese and trumpeters a few times in winter.
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Southern Ontario Reports / Re: Algonquin trip report Jan. 2-3
« Last post by Dr. John on January 05, 2022, 04:13:10 pm »
The black backed woodpecker was very lucky.  However you should be able to see Canada jays.  The Spruce Bog walk is very popular and the birds there appear quite habituated.  The Canada jays come check out each new car that arrives in the parking lot and even an empty hand held out draws them in closer.  Other people said that they like pieces of cheese, because they are higher in fat.
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Southern Ontario Reports / Re: Algonquin trip report Jan. 2-3
« Last post by Ally on January 05, 2022, 02:30:26 pm »
We'd never been to Algonquin in the winter and took the opportunity to visit this past weekend, staying in a cabin near Huntsville.


At the Visitor Centre feeders there were dozens of evening grosbeaks plus blue jays, black capped chickadees, a hairy woodpecker, and a few goldfinches.  Others saw American tree sparrows and purple finches, but we missed those.  Ravens patrolled the parking lots, presumably for leftovers from people eating outside.


The highlight of a Spruce Bog walk was a female black backed woodpecker, staying in plain sight for many minutes.  A male was apparently around, but we never saw him.  This was the first one we had seen in about 20 years (the last one was in Edmonton).  We were also mobbed by black capped chickadees and a few Canada jays, looking for handouts.  We also saw several white winged crossbills and a downy.  Various people spotted a spruce grouse, but to us it was an indiscernible silhouette in a faraway tree.


On Opeongo Lake Rd. we saw more jays, chickadees, and what were likely common redpolls.  An American marten prowled around, jumping up into the undercarriage of recently parked cars, presumably for warmth.  It was our first.


Wow, oh wow!! I took a day trip there several years ago,  fell four times, didn't even see a Canada Jay that I went specifically to see, and you saw a black backed woodpecker too!!
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Southern Ontario Reports / Re: Algonquin trip report Jan. 2-3
« Last post by Shortsighted on January 05, 2022, 02:09:16 pm »
Thanks for the detailed report. Good times!    ....    drool, drool, drool.
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Southern Ontario Reports / Algonquin trip report Jan. 2-3
« Last post by Dr. John on January 05, 2022, 12:52:01 pm »
We'd never been to Algonquin in the winter and took the opportunity to visit this past weekend, staying in a cabin near Huntsville.


At the Visitor Centre feeders there were dozens of evening grosbeaks plus blue jays, black capped chickadees, a hairy woodpecker, and a few goldfinches.  Others saw American tree sparrows and purple finches, but we missed those.  Ravens patrolled the parking lots, presumably for leftovers from people eating outside.


The highlight of a Spruce Bog walk was a female black backed woodpecker, staying in plain sight for many minutes.  A male was apparently around, but we never saw him.  This was the first one we had seen in about 20 years (the last one was in Edmonton).  We were also mobbed by black capped chickadees and a few Canada jays, looking for handouts.  We also saw several white winged crossbills and a downy.  Various people spotted a spruce grouse, but to us it was an indiscernible silhouette in a faraway tree.


On Opeongo Lake Rd. we saw more jays, chickadees, and what were likely common redpolls.  An American marten prowled around, jumping up into the undercarriage of recently parked cars, presumably for warmth.  It was our first.