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More from Muskoka

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Mizzy Lake Trail – Muskrat

By: Pat Coate

While in the Muskoka region of Ontario, several of us spent a day up in Algonquin Provincial Park doing some hiking or, more accurately, partaking in my annual search for moose. Struck out on the moose (tracks and droppings don’t really count), but we enjoyed a sunrise hike along the Mizzy Lake trail and then a couple of other trails off of Highway 60.
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Ruffed Grouse

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Ruffed Grouse feeding on tree buds

By: Pat Coate

A friend from the bird club and I spent a Saturday morning birding at Allegany State Park where we came across a pair of ruffed grouse feeding on the buds of this tree. I had never seen a ruffed grouse in a tree before and I must say it was a much more pleasant way to see them than the usual encounters with these birds. The normal encounter, of course, occurs while hiking when your peaceful bliss is briefly but emphatically interrupted by a sudden burst of feathers and squawking that for sure reduces your life expectancy by a few weeks.
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Pfeiffer Nature Center Part 1

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Hairy Woodpecker

By: Pat Coate

A couple weekends back I was dropping my daughter off in Cuba, NY and while on the way had the belated idea to head over to the Eshelman Tract of the Pfeiffer Nature Center for some birding. I had my camera with me, no binoculars and I wasn’t really dressed for hiking since we had pretty much left from church. But the draw was too strong…..
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Ruffed Grouse [Wordless Wednesday]

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15 minute drive and . . . .

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Ruffed Grouse (from 7 January 2007 )

I made a quick trip over to Quaker to do a few “work” related things and you would never guess how many critters that I encountered!! I first came across something that looked like a duck in the middle of the road. Quickly remembering that grebe rescue from last winter . . . . I soon realized that it was just a bold Ruffed Grouse. It had put its crest up, turned its head looking at me from one side to another! By the time I pulled my point-and-shoot camera out, got the camera started, zoomed in and began framing . . . . the grouse flew away! I continued down the road sad that I didn’t get the picture but still happy to have seen it . . . . (more…)