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White-throated Sparrow Zonotrichia albicollis

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January 16, 2018 03:48 PM EST

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Wild Turkey Meleagris gallopavo

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January 16, 2018 03:43 PM EST

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Song Sparrow Melospiza melodia

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January 16, 2018 04:34 PM EST

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Snowy Owl Bubo scandiacus

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January 16, 2018 10:55 AM EST

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Rusty Blackbird Euphagus carolinus

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January 16, 2018 04:06 PM EST

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Rusty Blackbird Euphagus carolinus

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January 16, 2018 04:05 PM EST

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Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis

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January 16, 2018 04:08 PM EST

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Red Fox Vulpes vulpes

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January 16, 2018 09:40 AM EST

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Canada Goose Branta canadensis

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January 16, 2018 03:43 PM EST

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Brown Thrasher Toxostoma rufum

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January 16, 2018 03:47 PM EST

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Bald Eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus

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January 5, 2018 12:12 PM EST

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Cooper's Hawk Accipiter cooperii

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December 31, 2017 04:44 PM EST

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Lake Trout Salvelinus namaycush

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May 6, 2005 12:39 PM EDT

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July 15, 2004 10:21 AM EDT

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I believe this to be a I.bubalus, however, hybridization common with I.niger so can not be 100% sure. Can't be confident of exact date, but sure it was summer 2004.

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Lake Trout Salvelinus namaycush

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September 7, 2005 03:19 PM EDT

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Coho Salmon Oncorhynchus kisutch

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October 23, 2000 12:48 PM EDT

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Lake Whitefish Coregonus clupeaformis

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August 8, 2005 01:12 PM EDT

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Blue-spotted Salamander Ambystoma laterale

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September 9, 2005 04:20 PM EDT

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Fox Sparrow Passerella iliaca

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December 17, 2017 10:21 AM EST

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cbc

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Ruffed Grouse Bonasa umbellus

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December 15, 2017 04:28 PM EST

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4 of them in the trees

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December 12, 2017 03:57 PM EST

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Brown Hare Lepus europaeus

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December 6, 2017 07:26 PM EST

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as we stopped and got out of car to look at a bird, this large rabbit jumped out of the fence row beside the truck and took off; seemed to be 2x size of cottontail, huge back legs/feet, large ears with black tips; happened too fast to get pic

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Mountain Bluebird Sialia currucoides

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December 6, 2017 11:32 AM EST

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Long-tailed Duck Clangula hyemalis

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December 6, 2017 10:20 AM EST

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Horned Grebe Podiceps auritus

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December 6, 2017 10:19 AM EST

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Cooper's Hawk Accipiter cooperii

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December 2, 2017 02:49 PM EST

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Oblong Orb-mussel Musculium transversum

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October 26, 2017 03:24 PM EDT

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Specimen #2, #3 and #4 – suspect M.transversum (Oblong Orb-mussel)

I have no experience with Sphaeridae or Psidium clams, but spent considerable time working these specimens through descriptions/keys in Clarke 1981 as well as Burch 1972 and Martin 1998. Would appreciate informed feedback on ID.

The estimated sizes (estimated based on measured distances b/w hand creases) and Width:Length ratios are as follows: #2 = 13mm; 0.70; #3 =14mm; 0.68; #4 = 16mm; 0.68

All three individuals have W:L ratios of 0.68-0.70 which falls right in the middle of the ratios reported by Clarke 1981, and notably less than the nine other fingernail clams reported by Clarke (rations > 0.72, most being > 0.8). In addition, Burch 1972 (US EPA) noted that M. transversum is tolerant of organic pollution, which fits given these individuals were found in degraded urban stream in Toronto. Should be noted that these keyed out to S. simile (Grooved FNC) when using Burch 1972, but not able to make out a lot of features described in the key so reverted IDs to ratios described in more current and geographically-relevant reference (i.e., Clarke 1981). Should point out the specimen #4 has length slightly larger than recorded max for M. transversum in Canada but unsure if this is just due to crude size estimation.

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Grooved Fingernailclam Sphaerium simile

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October 26, 2017 03:24 PM EDT

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Specimen #1 – suspect S.simile (Grooved Fingernail clam)

I have no experience with Sphaeridae or Psidium clams, but spent considerable time working these specimens through descriptions/keys in Clarke 1981 as well as Burch 1972 and Martin 1998. Would appreciate informed feedback on ID.

The size of individual #1 is estimated to be 12mm (estimated based on measured distances b/w hand creases); estimated Width:Length ratio = 0.84

Keyed out in Burch 1972 as S. simile. Although ratio is higher than that reported in Clarke 1981, Martin 1998 points out that juvenile S. simile resembles S. rhomboideum (Rhomboid FNC) in shape (i.e., upwards of 0.88); the pale colour of #1 is consistent with S.simile vs dark glossy chestnut brown colour of S. rhomboideum; Also considered S. fabale (River FNC) as fits described ratios, colour of periostracum, and habitat, however, specimen #1 would be at max recorded size for S. fabale in Canada and also has strong striae on beak, whereas striae are reported to be weaker on S. fabale. Size and shape also consistent with S.corneum (European FNC) but it is generally a smaller species (Clarke 1981 reports max size as 9mm).

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November 28, 2017 07:52 PM EST

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surprised to mosquito in house last week of November!

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Northern Harrier Circus hudsonius

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November 19, 2017 04:13 PM EST
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