A Walk by the River
“The Northern Cardinal is a territorial song bird. The male sings in a loud, clearIt has a fantastic call that can be heard HERE
whistle from the top of a tree or another high location to defend his territory.
He will chase off other males entering his territory. The Northern Cardinal
learns its songs, and as a result the songs vary regionally. It is able to
easily distinguish the sex of another singing Northern Cardinal by its song
The moth is Alsophila pometaria - the Fall Cankerworm Moth, a moth that goes on wing during fall until December. I saw several individuals fluttering in the warm sunlight, but only one offered a photograph.
I thanked the moth and treaded on looking up and down, trying to find mushrooms and other creatures of the woods. And just so I glanced upon a scurrying Eastern Gray Squirrel, I’m sure she noticed me first, and went into hiding! I got a few shots from the thicket, and let her go on her way up the tree.
She went up, her eyes constantly spying on me, and lay flat on the bark, as if invisible – well camouflaged from me! Thence I saw many Eastern Gray Squirrels, including the melanistic form and enjoyed their constant chuckle.
The grass and some shrubs were green by the lake, so I explored a few, and as I sat down to get some shots, suddenly a White-tailed Deer came from the woods and stood by the water, staring right at me. I was seen, again. I slowly mounted a tele-converter lens, and got into the position to shoot. Behind her came two more young deer – as alert as her. The doe sensed danger and stomped her feet to the ground – a behavior observed in most deer to set the alarm for danger.
They then passed into the tall grass, along the banks of the river. At last, I saw the deer! I then decided to walk along the river edge, perhaps sight a buck this time but, I met them again, them eyeing me as I walked through the thickets.
"It is the leading gamebird, with up to 70 million birds shot annually in the U.S., both for sport and for meat.” WikipediaIt's Call can be heard HERE
“The Thames River is one of the largest and most biologically diverse rivers in Ontario. The river is arguably the City of London’s most significant natural feature and an environmental asset. It flows through the centre of the city and is used by thousands of residents and tourists alike.”