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A personal project to identify and share some information about 1000 species of plants, birds, mammals and insects, mostly within 5 miles (8km) of base – Baie-D’Urfé and the nearby…

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#93 Groundhog/Marmot

Groundhog/Marmot (Marmota monax) 1 June To start a new month of identifying species around home base I offer you the Groundhog/Marmot. This fellow appeared out of the blue in the…

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#46 (reprise) Striped Skunk

Striped Skunk (Mephitis mephitis) 31 May *Apologies, it seems the Striped Skunk hs butted his way into the queue a second time due to a bookkeeping error. Enjoy this bonus…

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#92 Mining Bee

Mining Bee (genus: Andrena) 30 May Another of those insect grooups that has too many visually similar species to be confident about species level identity. Having said that, this could…

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#91 Crane Fly (Tipula sp.)

Crane Fly (Tipula sp. - possibly T. metacomet) 29 May Initially thought this was an example of thre Giant Crane Fly (Tipula abdominalis) but that was wishful thinking. Most likely…

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#90 Squash Bug

90 Squash Bug (Anasa tristis) 28 May Anasa tristis is a serious agricultural pests that can be found on various members of the gourd family Cucurbitaceae, but most often occurs…

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#89 Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus) 27 May Rose-breasted Grosbeaks often visit bird feeders. Breed in moist deciduous forests, deciduous-coniferous forests, thickets, and semiopen habitat. They gravitate toward second-growth woods, suburban areas,…

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#88 White-crowned Sparrow

White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys) 26 May The sparrow with the cycling helmet. Very smart fellows. Breed in open or shrubby habitats, including tundra, high alpine meadows, and forest edges. Eat…

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#87 Cape May Warbler

25 May Cape May Warbler (Setophaga tigrina) On breeding grounds, Cape May Warblers are locally common in spruce-fir forests, where they spend most of the day foraging high in the…

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#86 Black and white Warbler

Black and white Warbler (Mniotilta varia) 24 May One of the earliest-arriving migrant warblers, the Black-and-white Warbler’s thin, squeaky song is one of the first signs that spring birding has…

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#85 Northern Parula

Northern Parula (Setophaga americana) 23 May A small warbler of the upper canopy, the Northern Parula flutters at the edges of branches plucking insects. It hops through branches bursting with…

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