Breeding Bird Surveys (2013) – Day 5

Breeding Bird Surveys (2013) – Day 5 – June 7, 2013

Today’s survey route is pretty straightforward with a start point at the junction of Hwy #17 and the road to Dubreuilville. Although there is traffic to contend with, there are generally places with sufficient space to pull off the highway with good visibility in both directions. The day started with a nice sunrise over misty waters and clear skies continued for most of the day. Unlike the two previous days there were no clouds on the horizon, so the sunrise, although still pleasant, lacked the brilliance of the previous two days.




Around every twist in the road there is apt to be some surprise when we are conducting these surveys. Sometimes it is a black bear or two or a large moose. On previous days, it was a half dozen bears at various locations. Today’s excitement was a medium-sized moose enjoying breakfast in a roadside marsh. The previous evening, a large bull moose had turned around and headed back into the woods as we approached. Moose are big animals and a constant hazard to drivers especially when one is driving at night or in the early morning hours as we often are.


This was the last of our four survey routes in this area for 2013 and for all four days the weather had been perfect in all directions.  Only the black flies were a bit of a nuisance in some locations on some of the routes.


When I speak of black flies as being a bit of a nuisance in some locations, this short video which I posted on my Flickr account provides some idea of what I’m talking about ! 🙂

Black flies attack car mirrors

Our only disappointment today was the lack of Bald Eagles at the Dubreuilville dump.  This year, when we arrived, the dump still had plenty of Starlings and Herring Gulls in the area but fewer Ravens than on previous visits and no Bald Eagles were in sight. Probably just bad timing on our part. Oh well, time to be homeward bound.


– – – – – – – – – Northern Ontario BBS 2013 posts completed – – – – – – – – –

The following links relate to this June 2013 Breeding Bird Survey:

Day 1 – Ottawa to Ivanhoe Lake Provincial Park

Day 2 – Singe Lake Route

Day 3 – The Shoals Route

Day 4 – Little Tukanee Lake Route

Day 5 – Goldie Lake Route

Snow is falling again! Ottawa, Ontario February 27th, 2012

Snow is falling again! Ottawa, Ontario
I’m in my office putting the finishing touches to my presentation for this evening’s monthly meeting of the Ottawa Valley Aquarium Society at the J.A. Dulude Arena (location). Just looked out my window and it is snowing again. Looks like it might be a heavy duty, visibility-reducing snowfall. Reminds me a bit of the weather preceding the OVAS GIANT AUCTION of 2011.

Oh well, the show must go on, so time to get back to looking at more of my archived photos of aquariums around the world. Time has come to make my final decision on what to include and what not to include for tonight’s workshop and slide show. That’s a lot more fun than looking at snow and a lot more colourful too!




Weather, weather, weather!!!

Weather, weather, weather!!!

A Jamaican friend of mine once commented on how funny it was to hear Canadians asking what the weather would be like in Jamaica. Except in hurricane season, the response would always be the same, “Today should be about the same as yesterday. Tomorrow should be about the same as today.” Continue reading

Freezing Rain Strikes Kanata!

Freezing Rain Strikes Kanata!

Thought that I might try my hand at photojournalism and sensationalize the reality, hence the title of today’s blog. We are presently experiencing a band of freezing rain which is supposed to last for a few hours more and has probably already added a few breaks and strains to the load at the Queensway-Carleton Hospital’s Emergency ward. I expect that there will be a few fender benders before this little bit of adverse weather has passed.

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Craft Sales season has begun!

Craft Sales season has begun!

With Hallowe’en out of the way it is now time to turn one’s mind to the next season of gift giving. Whether called Christmas, Xmas, Santa Claus time, or whatever, the period around December 25th is one of the busiest seasons for entertainment and gift giving in North America for sure so it is no surprise that craft sales sprout from everywhere beginning in the month of November. With offerings of home preserves to hand-knitted baby booties to everything in between, the seasonal craft sales are every bit as interesting as the farmer’s markets in the summer months. Saturday, I took the time to take a quick look around the many tables of items on display at the craft sale at Kanata’s Stonehaven Manor where my father resides. Didn’t buy anything but did enjoy looking! Continue reading

The Volvo C70

The 2011 Volvo C70

Recently, my mother purchased a 2011 Volvo C70 Convertible, a big change from her 2001 Toyota Echo. Weather was great for the Thanksgiving weekend in the Ottawa area so, when she said that we could take it for a spin when we were heading out to do some photography at Luskville Falls in Quebec, we just had to photograph the occasion. I suggested we take the opportunity to show off the convertible aspect and pop the top for a quick video. Since the car is white my Mom refers to it as “Cracking the Egg”… totally uncool mom, but it stuck. The music is Jason Shaw’s Pyramids which I got from the Free Music Archive.

Saturday night – Gatineau, Quebec Balloon Festival/Festival de Montgolfières de Gatineau 2011

When I left home Saturday, it looked like it might be a perfect night for a balloon launch at the Gatineau Balloon Festival (See my previous post for more Festival details) but, as it turned out, I guess that the organizers had concerns about the weather that I, as a spectator, couldn’t see, so, in the end, I photographed a few things but no balloons lifted off.
There were quite a few people lined up along the Rockliffe Parkway on the Ottawa side of the river and at least one individual had brought along his tripod and heavy artillery LOL.

The scheduled lift-off time was 6PM and as the large dinosaur was inflated and towered over the site, we were hopeful that a launch would take place but, as the sun got ever closer to the horizon and the Gatineau Hills in the background, those hopes diminished.
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Invitational International Chicken-Rib Cook Off – Sparks Street Mall, Ottawa, Ontario

Last night, in the House of Commons, the politicians were debating the future of Canada’s postal service – see previous post. (UPDATE: FRIDAY, JUNE 24, 2011 – 8AM – Debate has gone on all night and is still going on! 4:30 PM  update – the debate continues! Update 2 – Went on for 58 hours!!)

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Breeding Bird Survey – Beaton Lake Route #258


Breeding Bird Survey – Beaton Lake Route #258

After completing the Shoals survey route, we headed to White River, Ontario and got a motel room for the night. The forecast had threatened rain and thundershowers overnight and Nature delivered on that promise.


The Beaton Lake breeding bird survey route begins in White River and heads north from there along a paved highway. Continue reading

CFUW-Kanata – One Room School House Tour

Sunday May 29th, 2011

What a day to schedule a tour of the one-room schoolhouses in the Ottawa area!

At least that is likely what all of the organizers and participants were thinking when they looked out their windows on Sunday morning. The temperature was fine but it had rained overnight and there was still a light rain falling at 10AM. Continue reading