Category The Beasties You Meet

Raising Mantids … or Maybe Not

We were standing at the cash counter at Baltimore Valley Nursery when something caught my eye. There appeared to be a tiny little bug climbing up the back of the cash register. I watched it intently until the lady behind the counter followed my eyes and casually said “Oh yes, those are praying mantises”. The […]

Mourning Cloak Meetings

The car swerved slightly to avoid squashing the tiny creature, crediting both the driver’s sharp eye, and her compassionate nature. I was impressed the wife even saw the tiny, insignificant caterpillar on the vast expanse of pavement. The little Nymphalis soldiered on across the road, unaware of its near existence ending encounter, as the Honda […]

Training Wild Birds to Hand Feed

One of the other bird feeding walkers on the trail asked us “Are you the ones who got the nuthatches to feed by hand?” (see- Add Nuthatches to the List of Hand Feeders). We responded to the positive, and he asked how we managed that. We gave him a quick rundown on how we did […]

Some Ecological Good News (for a Change)

Even though I’m a naturalist, I’m about ready to bitch-slap the next fellow naturalist I hear preaching doom and gloom about the present and future state of Life on this rock. Naturalists have been “crying wolf” so often, and for so long, I can’t blame the general populace for not giving a rat’s rectum. WOW […]

Strange Things I’ve Seen – A Groundhog Up a Tree ?

The wife and I were doing The Hollows Loop on a gorgeous early May morning. Sunny, warm with the occasional cool breeze just to make the open meadow patches on the trail more comfortable. Ever vigilant for Spring foragables, flowers &/or beasties, we walked rather quietly, scanning the trail around and ahead of us for […]

Wasp, Hornet or Bee – Which Is It ?

The wife and I were returning Home from a walk … somewhere. I don’t remember where from, as the sight of this, negated anything else from my mind. We’ve all seen them before, hanging from trees, or the eaves of some unfortunate family’s Home. But I’d never seen one this close to the ground, so […]

Add Nuthatches to the List of Hand Feeders

The wife and I have been hand-feeding chickadees down at the Port Hope Waterfront trail for 3 years now. In fact, its become a “start of the day” for us (see link Peggy-aka-Fred). We generally start with a walk and chickadee feeding while assessing conditions, and setting the day’s plan. However, just a coupla weeks ago, […]