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Click for moreNov 7, 2011 - Fall foliage with my faithful furry friend

Today is my buddy Dexter's 11th birthday so I thought I'd share a recent adventure we had out in a nearby forest under the fall foliage.

Dexter has enjoyed this forest since he was a tiny puppy. He's chased squirrels, trapped raccoons in their den, and he's also made many friends in the area.

I can't recount all the hilarious times I've had with him, but during walks in this ravine, he's taken off on me many times. One time I watched helplessly as he opened the sliding screen door and entered someone's house, only to be dropped back out on the doorstep moments later.

Another time I was livid, after having to return home without him. Sure enough and thanks to having my phone # on his collar, I received a call where I was told "your dog is at our house, he came in while we were eating dinner".

Yet another bit of action Dexter instigated was when he chased a fox out of the forest into nearby streets. He eventually trapped it under a car and wouldn't leave until I came and retrieved him. To do this is the instinct of a Parson Russell, and Dexter fulfills his role as a working dog whenever he has a chance.

As any dog owner can understand, our companions enrich our lives in so many ways. They make us laugh, they make us scream, and they help us go places and experience things that we might miss if we didn't have them.

So, this post is dedicated to my scrappy little bugger Dexter, today, on his 11th birthday. Despite all the challenges and frustration he causes me, I most definitely appreciate all that he brings to my life. :)

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Click for moreJun 3, 2011 - Catching up with the marsh

The birds in this post have been nesting on my laptop for a few weeks and I'm finally getting around to sharing them. Over the Canadian May 2-4 weekend I managed two trips to Tiny Marsh and I must say, it was probably the best birding I'll do all year!

Tiny Marsh is my go-to spot for birding, and towards the end of May it's just amazing the variety you can witness there. I honestly believe standing around in the marsh at this time of year can make a birder out of anyone, and can keep even the most experienced birders on their toes.

During one of my two visits to the marsh, I found a narrow path surrounded by various blooming trees, and I swear I stood in the exact same spot for over an hour just watching and listening to the activity around me. For all the shots I got there are even more birds I could hear but not see.

Simply put, an excellent outing!

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Click for moreMay 8, 2011 - Great Day at Tiny Marsh

This post is from last weekend, when I had yet another excellent outing at Tiny Marsh. If you follow this blog you know I love heading over to Tiny Marsh in Tiny Township. I visit the marsh in every season but spring is by far the most exciting time to go.

Even before you see anything, the sounds of the marsh are overwhelmingly alive. You can roam through the marsh in any number of directions, and on this visit I went everywhere and left tired and satisfied.

One highlight of this visit was catching the ospreys mating on their platform, which is good news because it means they are back for a second season on this recently installed nest.

Also seen were loons, beavers, warblers, and various other waterfowl.

And so begins another spring in Ontario. Happy Birding!

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