To arrive in southern Muskoka for a survey beginning at 5 am, we left Toronto at 2:45 and arrived just in time.
MYSTERY BIRD I will identify it at the end of the post.
Muskoka has a “Big 5” – birds which are found commonly in the area and let you know it through constant singing.
Ovenbird: So named because their nests look like little ovens. I have heard the teacher-teacher-teacher call of the Ovenbird thousands of times but have rarely seen it due to its habit of walking about on the floor in dense forest:
Tent Caterpillars are busy here:
The rufous sides identify this as a Towhee.
gentle light filtered by
pale streaks of clouds –
brushed on their secretive places
by green fingers urging their opening,
pouring tranquility, sparkle on calm. – J. Barbara