For the Victoria Day long weekend I headed to my grandmothers house on Sturgeon Lake. Unfortunately with the demise of my camera all my photos were taken with my iPhone which became painful as the area was filled with bird species migrating through the area, many of which I had never seen before. On the first full day I went on a day long hike to Ken Reid Conservation Area. On the way there I managed to see many different bird species such as Chestnut-Sided Warblers and Bobolink birds. Getting closer to Ken Reid I noticed a clump of dirt further along the path, upon closer inspection I noticed the tail and shell of a large Common Snapping Turtle. After taking photos I continued on to Ken Reid, there, I managed to flip a Blue-Spotted Salamander in a spot I hadn’t seen them before and went looking for Droseria Sundew but sadly could not find any. I did however, managed to see and photograph some Heading back I found some Blue-Throated Blue Warblers. Heading back I managed to spot a female Scarlet Tanager and some Baltimore Orioles. Road cruising at night I found a Northern Green Frog. The second day I stayed close to the house and went walking around some of the local wetlands. In the nearby lagoon I walked out on one of the small docks and noticed a large Common Snapping Turtle in the water. To my surprise I was able to pull the behemoth out of the water for some photos before safely releasing the giant back into his watery kingdom. The lagoon also had Midland Painted Turtles and shells showing how it is commonly used by turtles for nesting. The lagoon also had a large American Bullfrog although I slipped trying to catch it and managed with a rather wet foot. Back at the house I noticed grey treefrogs had just begun calling so I managed to track one down in the neighbour’s old pontoon boat. Road cruising around midnight procured some Northern Green Frogs along with a DOR Eastern American Toad and finally a live toad crossing the road. The third day was rather chilly with fewer birds and frog calls. While out walking the dog with my cousin we managed to find a Scarlet Tanager along with some more Chestnut-Sided Warblers.
I'm Mac Marzolini and I created this blog for a variety of reasons, the first of course is to open a window into what is happening in my life (cause my grandmother reads this), but also to help myself catalogue some of my favorite photos from my many adventures.