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All Things Bright and Beautiful, All Things Great and Small, All Things Wise and Wonderful, The Lord God Made Them All



Updated: 2015-09-16T12:10:04.458-04:00

 






Black Swallowtail

2007-05-25T16:50:27.334-04:00

(image) Amherst Island today.



Amherst Island

2007-05-25T16:50:54.681-04:00

In the short space of one morning we saw 66 bird species, including 3 for the life list!Summer TanagerThis is definitely the sighting of the year!Blackburnian WarblerDunlinThese were new for me.Grey Cheeked ThrushAnother lifer!Philadelphia VireoUpland SandpiperAnd yet another for the life list!White Rumped SandpiperWilson's PhalaropeBrant and DunlinCanada GeeseYellow Warbler[...]



LBM

2007-01-11T18:30:50.932-05:00

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(image) Little brown mushroom
Lemoine Point, Kingston
7 January 2007

The mild rainy weather was just what was needed to encourage the appearance of this fungal fruit. Little brown mushrooms are notoriously difficult to identify but it was nice to be able to do a little mushroom hunting in January.



Beetle

2007-01-07T20:15:02.828-05:00

(image) Lemoine Point, Kingston, Ontario
7 January 2007

This beetle was overwintering in the roots of a clump of moss, just a little poking around unearthed him and he was quick to start looking for more peaceful quarters.



Spider

2007-01-07T19:36:20.917-05:00

(image) Lemoine Point, Kingston, Ontario
7 January 2007

I don't have a good field guide for spiders so this one is unidentified. I found him under a rock and as it was a cold day he was not interested in running away.



Striate Bird's Nest Fungus

2007-01-07T17:33:55.047-05:00

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(image) Cyathus striatus
Lemoine Point, Kingston, Ontario
7 January 2007



Lithobiomorph Centipede

2007-01-07T17:23:58.758-05:00

(image) Lithobiomorph Centipede
Lemoine Point
Kingston, Ontario
7 January 2007

It may be January but the lack of snow, mild temperatures, and a little turning over of rocks and logs can unearth a few interesting species such as this common Centipede.



Entoloma

2007-01-06T19:38:47.875-05:00

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(image) Entoloma
Algonquin Provincial Park, Bat Lake
25 June 2006

Entoloma are very difficult to identify to species. The stain on the gills is indicative of the pink spore colour indicative of Entoloma. It looks something like Entoloma clypeatum in George Barron's "Mushrooms of Ontario and Eastern Canada," but it would only be guessing to label it as this species. For a description of the Rove Beetle in this picture, see under insects.



Fungus Rove Beetle

2007-01-06T19:28:50.832-05:00

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(image) Oxyporus quinquemaculatus
Algonquin Provincial Park (Bat Lake)
25 June, 2006

These beetles are from the family Staphylinidae (Rove Beetles), subfamily Oxyporinae, genus Oxyporus. Stephen Marshall indicates that the family Staphylinidae "constitutes one of the last great frontiers in North American beetle taxonomy." Staphylinidae is the largest family of beetles in North America and it is possible that less than half of the species have been identified yet. Marshall says that "Rove beetles are usually predacious, but some feed on fungal spores or tissue..." If you look at the first picture, above, you can see that these beetles have been doing a pretty good job of eating this Entoloma fungus.



Forked Fungus Beetle

2007-01-05T22:12:52.917-05:00

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(image) Bolitotherus cornutus
Bat Lake, Algonquin Provincial Park
June 25, 2006
(Found on Shelf Fungus, Fomitopsis pinicola)

The Forked Fungus Beetle is a member of the Superfamily Tenebrionoidea, family Zopheridae (Ironclad Beetles). The Tenebrionidae are referred to as "darkling beetles" because most of the are black or brown. Stephen Marshall (Insects: Their Natural History and Diversity, Firefly, 2006) says of this species that they "stay close to hard shelf fungi or bracket fungi, rarely moving between fungi on different trees in the same forest." They are mostly nocturnal and produce a brown stain of defensive chemicals that burn or discolor skin. The pictures above are of a female.



John Muir

2006-12-23T12:11:43.835-05:00

I love this quote from John Muir posted by Journals of An Amateur Naturalist:

"When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world." John Muir





Blacksmith Lapwing

2006-12-18T14:26:56.867-05:00

(image) October 21, 2006
Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya

I still have a few more birds from my Kenya trip to identify but haven't quite figured them out yet.



Cliff Chat

2006-12-16T21:56:59.840-05:00

(image) Lake Nakuru National Park
Kenya
21 October 2006

I found these, where else but on a cliff. The male is the one with the white wing bar. There were lots of these birds at the top of the cliff overlooking the park.



Ruppell's Long-tailed Starling

2006-12-14T16:58:40.209-05:00

(image) 21 October, 2006
Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya



White-browed Sparrow Weaver

2006-12-14T16:55:32.246-05:00

(image) 19 October, 2006
Kijabe, Kenya



Streaky Seedeater

2006-12-13T17:42:01.264-05:00

(image) October 16, 2006
Kijabe, Kenya



Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater

2006-12-13T17:38:16.123-05:00

(image) October 16, 2006
Kijabe, Kenya



Honey I Shrunk the Giant Squid

2007-01-06T20:07:18.822-05:00

(image) Lemoine Point, Kingston, Ontario
27 September, 2005

I've often found the strangest looking little invertebrates associated with mushrooms. I have no idea what this one is. I need a decent camera with a macro lens to do justice to these little things.



Unidentified Mushroom

2006-12-10T16:27:17.166-05:00

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(image) Lemoine Point, Kingston, Ontario
27 September, 2005

The cap is slimy and about 2.5cm across. The stalk is about 3.5 cm tall.



Unidentified Mushroom

2006-12-09T13:28:04.864-05:00

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(image) November 03, 2005
Lemoine Point, Kingston, Ontario

(Somewhat late in the season but under the right conditions it doesn't take much for mushrooms to appear)



Unidentified Mushroom

2006-12-08T08:30:55.776-05:00

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(image) May 27, 2006
Frontenac Provincial Park



Unidentified Mushroom

2006-12-07T07:23:32.204-05:00

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(image) May 27, 2006
Frontenac Provincial Park



Unidentified Mushroom

2006-12-06T21:03:04.489-05:00

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(image) May 27, 2006
Frontenac Provincial Park



Unidentified Mushroom

2006-12-05T16:58:19.307-05:00

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(image) May 27, 2006
Frontenac Park