Category Archives: Mammals

More backyard birdies

A white-breasted nuthatch, Sitta carolensis, is happy to have a sunflower seed I put out last week. © BCP 2011 Must be doing something right in my quest to have a bird- and butterfly-friendly yard. It’s party time in my backyard this year — at least if you happen to be either a bird or […]

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A frequent visitor stops by for a bite

An eastern grey squirrel, Sciura carolinensis, displays an intriguing two-tone fur pattern. Could he be moulting? © BCP 2011 Hey! Didn’t this guy get the message? Eastern grey squirrels, Sciuris carolinensis, are supposed to be, um, grey? Mr. Big Redtail enjoys a treat in my backyard yesterday. (At least I think he’s a mister.) © […]

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A chipmunk comes out to investigate in Taylor Creek Park

An eastern chipmunk, Tamias striatus, comes out to investigate what we’re up to in Taylor Creek Park last week. © BCP 2011 Out for a walk in Taylor Creek Park last week with Melanie, a leader with the Toronto Field Naturalists. She’s leading a walk in a few weeks on the subject of spring ephemerals, […]

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A king-size bed for a field mouse maybe?

The opened seed pod, overwintered, of a milkweed plant, Asclepias syriaca, in Sun Valley last week. © BCP 2011 Traipsing about in Sun Valley last week (Thursday, April 7, if memory serves, I came across an area of the field where there were countless  milkweed plants, all with their pods exploded open. For some reason, […]

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A beach bunny appears — a bit early for Easter

An eastern cottontail, Sylvilagus floridanus, munches on a dried stalk on the footpath at Ashbridge’s. © BCP 2011 Thursday, April 7, 5:30 p.m.-ish. The fog was so thick it obscured everything in the bay at Ashbridge’s. Only the nearest boats, now back at the yacht clubs from their winter’s hibernation, were visible. The far shore, […]

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