Thistle Lovers

An American Goldfinch resting on a branch with emerging leaves. This photo was taken on May 8, 2022 in Cataraqui North. You will find many of these birds in areas with thistle plants and near feeders.

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Snow White

Spring blossoms. This photo was taken on May 12, 2022 in Cataraqui North. Crabapple blossoms are associated with love and marriage.

“Double Scratch”

A Red-winged Blackbird on a cattail. This photo was taken on April 4, 2022 in Cataraqui North. These birds can hop backwards while foraging, a maneuver called “double scratch.”

Emergence

Leaflets emerging. This photo was taken on May 5, 2022 in Cataraqui North. Plants grow by a combination of cell growth (increase in cell size) and cell division (increase in cell number).

Happy Mother’s Day!

A Hooded Merganser in a pond. This photo was taken on April 4, 2022 in Cataraqui North. These birds are the only merganser species found exclusively in North America.

Red Buds

Red buds against a grey background. This photo was taken on April 12, 2022 in Cataraqui North. Happy Asian Heritage Month!

Declining

Common Grackle making its presence known. This photo was taken in March 21, 2022 in Cataraqui North. This common bird is in steep decline.

Mimicry

A Blue Jay with its mouth full. This photo was taken on March 3, 2022 in Cataraqui North. These birds mimic the call of hawks to warn other jays that a hawk is nearby or to trick other birds that one is around.

Still Pretty

Flower remnants in the winter. This photo was taken on February 24, 2022 in Cataraqui North.