Bombycilla Cedrorum – Cedar Waxwing

Bombycilla Cedrorum - Cedar Waxwing

Distinguishing Features – Cedar Waxwing is a crested bird of brownish tones on upper side graduating to greyish toward tail which is marked with a broad yellow tip. A narrow dark band or mask runs across forehead and around eyes. Under beak, blackish graduating to brown on the throat; wings, slate coloured, sometimes with reddish … Read more

Seirus Aurocapillus – Ovenbird

Seirus Aurocapillus - Ovenbird

Distinguishing Features – Ovenbird is a large warbler. Olive-green upper parts – back, wings, and tail. Under parts whitish, breast heavily streaked with black. Crown, dull orange bordered by two black stripes; legs, flesh-colored; eye, ringed in white. Male and female are indistinguishable but the female is slightly smaller. Size – 14 – 16.5 cm … Read more

Quiscalus Quiscula – Common Grackle

Quiscalus Quiscula - Common Grackle

Distinguishing Features – Common grackle is completely black with highly iridescent greenish blue or purplish reflections. Beak and legs, black; eye, whitish; tail, long and wedge-shaped. The colouring of the female is somewhat duller. Size – 28 – 34 cm (11.25 – 13.5 in) Habitat Prefers open areas and lightly treed woods. Nesting In trees … Read more

Agelaius Phoeniceus – Red-winged Blackbird

Agelaius Phoeniceus - Red-winged Blackbird

Distinguishing Features: MALE (pictured) – Completely black with the exception of a characteristic red shoulder patch. FEMALE – Very different from the male. Top parts, dark brown with greyish, rusty edges; light streak over eye and middle of the crown; underneath lighter, with blackish streaks; throat often pinkish or buff color. Size – 19 – … Read more

Sturnus Vulgaris – European Starling

Sturnus Vulgaris - European Starling

Distinguishing Features – European starling is black with purplish and greenish reflections. Tail, short, square; bill, yellow, long; legs reddy-brown. From late summer to winter, the plumage becomes white-spotted as in the accompanying photo. Male and female indistinguishable but female is slightly smaller. Size – 19 – 21 cm (7.5 – 8.5 in) Habitat Varied. … Read more

Turdus Migratorius – American Robin

Turdus Migratorius - American Robin

Distinguishing Features – American robin has one of the most familiar Northwestern Ontario birds. Top and sides of head, and back of neck black with white encircling eyes. Back slate; fading to black on wings and tail; tail tipped white; breast, sides and upper abdomen brick-red. Bill yellow. The female colouration is similar to the … Read more

Perisoreus Canadensis – Gray Jay – “Whiskey Jack”

Perisoreus Canadensis - Gray Jay

Distinguishing Features – Slightly smaller than a Blue Jay. Loose and fluffy plumage of various shades of gray. Whitehead and throat; blackish cap at the back of head wrapping around to encircle the eyes; back, wings and tail, slate color; feathers at tips of wings and tail white; belly grey, fading to near-white toward tail; … Read more

Cyanocitta Cristata – Blue Jay

Blue Jay

Distinguishing Features – Blue Jay is slightly larger than a robin. Blue back and head with black neckband; grey-white underneath with white-spotted wings and tail. The Head is adorned with a characteristic blue crest. Male and female are indistinguishable but the female is slightly smaller. Size – 28 – 32 cm (11.25 – 12.75 in) … Read more

Forest Fires – An Overview | Fire Prevention | Fire Prediction & Analysis | Fire Suppression

Forest Fire

Next to irresponsible forestry practices, forest fires are the most destructive enemy of our forests. How Forest Fires Start Forest fires always start in one of two ways – naturally caused or human-caused. Natural fires are generally started by lightning, with a very small percentage started by spontaneous combustion of dry fuel such as sawdust … Read more