What is That?

A series about local wildlife.

What Is That … a Squirrel or a Chipmunk?

We are frequently entertained at the cottage watching the antics of our resident squirrels and chipmunks. Most people are familiar with these rodents as...

What is That … a Snake or a Salamander?

We try to keep an ever-watchful eye peeled for wildlife at the cottage, whether looking skyward for hawks; gazing out over the water for...

What Is That … a Bee or a Wasp?

Like most people, the first thing we think about when we see a bee or a wasp is avoiding its painful, venomous sting.  We...

What is That … a Flycatcher or a Phoebe?

At least ten species of flycatcher live in Ontario, three of which we know live and breed at White Lake.  We may have more...

What is that … a Loon or a Merganser?

The call of the loon is a quintessential, goose bump-generating element of our summer cottage experience, be it a nocturnal chorus at three a.m....

What is That … a Frog or a Toad?

The laughing of the loon, the buzzing of the insects, and the singing of the frogs are all sounds that evoke the cottage. As...

What is that … A Dragonfly or a Damselfly?

When kayaking, canoeing, working in the yard or hiking at the cottage, we often find ourselves surrounded by swarms of insects.  In such instances...

What is that … a Downy or a Hairy Woodpecker?

Some early mornings,  as we lie in bed enjoying the sunrise through the bedroom window, we are rattled by a rat-a-tat-tat at the door. ...

What Is That … a Sea Lion or a River Otter?

On recent trips to the Galapagos Islands and the Sea of Cortez, we had opportunities to interact with sea lions, both on shore and...

What Is That … a Butterfly or a Moth?

When it is -30C outside, like this morning, it is comforting to think about the warm weather at the cottage, and the beasties we...

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