Wednesday, February 22, 2006
It wasn't one of our better days on Amherst Island. We saw one Snowy Owl in the field off Marshall Fortyfoot Road. We saw this Red-tailed Hawk catch and eat a mouse or vole. We also saw a Rough-legged Hawk and an American Kestrel. On the ferry ride home we saw a Glaucous Gull in amongst all of the Herring Gulls and Ring-billed Gulls. There were quite a few Great Black-backed Gulls as well. The Kestrel and Glaucous were lifers for me. We were disappointed not to find any Northern Saw-whets or Boreal Owls and not a single Long-Eared.
Saturday, February 04, 2006
Yesterday it poured rain. This morning it was plus 5C and partly sunny. All of the snow is gone from the woods and the rocks and trees are covered in fresh green moss. Many fungi that fruit on dead wood are abundant. I found three new species, posted below, and lots of Trametes versicolor (Turkey Tail). One Hairy Woodpecker tried to get my attention but today I am a mycologist and must ignore such distractions.