Friday, June 22, 2012

Some exotica (birds and odes) from southern Ontario

Last week we took a swing south to Manitoulin Island and then through the upper Ottawa Valley and Rideau Lakes regions. For the first time since our move to the north four years ago, the lush hardwood forests of the south seemed somewhat exotic and especially diverse - such a sharp contrast to spruce-lichen dominated landscape that's become home.

Regardless of where one lives in Ontario, the June-July emergence of dragonflies is a wonder. The clubtails are a favourite of mine. Here are a few photos from the upper Ottawa Valley.

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Moustached Clubtail female near Mattawa.
Moustached Clubtail male near Mattawa.
Moustached Clubtail male near Mattawa.
Moustached Clubtail male near Mattawa.
Freshly eclosed Dragonhunter near Mattawa.
Harlequin Darner near Petawawa.
Most of the birding was incidental and most species were seen and/or heard through an open car window. In the Rideau Lakes area, near our family cottage, I did visit known locations for several warbler species - Golden-winged, Cerulean and Prairie (h/t to James Holdsworth) - that I hadn't seen since relocating to the north. These were easily found as the males were still singing on territory. A bonus was a strident Louisiana Waterthrush that was entirely unexpected along a backroad a few kms north-east of Chaffey's Lock.
Brewer's Blackbird near Gore Bay.
Prairie Warbler near Kaladar,  June 12.
GWWA from Bobcaygeon - not a photo from this trip.
CERW from Quackenbush P.P. - another recycled photo.


  1. Love the photos of the odes. They seem to be prolific here this season. Always a welcome addition. Not just for their appetite. I like to watch them fly.