Readers wildlife photos

We’ll have only a few animal  photos today, as there are boots to show. Today’s theme is “Urban wildlife of Ontario.”

This comes from reader Ken McKeen, who hails from Amherstburg, Ontario and sent one photo on June 16. Readers are invited to identify the species (the rabbit looks wet). Ken’s notes:

This rabbit appeared moments ago, munching on weeds at the edge of my garage. I purchased a super zoom/bridge camera over the winter and have been fooling around with it for several months. This is the first good wildlife pic I’ve taken with it. No idea on the species etc., sorry.
Brave bunny, we live with three cats, one of which is a psychopathic hunter/killer.

Kenneth McKeen

And from reader Diana MacPherson:

Female House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) on Feeder:


Common grackle (Quiscalus quiscula):


Eastern chipmunk (Tamias striatus). You should be learning some of the Latin names by now.

270A4358Be sure to keep those photos coming in—and remember: good ones, please.


  1. Randall Schenck
    Posted June 25, 2016 at 8:02 am | Permalink

    My guess would be cottontail (Sylvilagus floridanus)? We have the chipmunk here but they live exclusively in the road bank and very hard to get a picture.

  2. Posted June 25, 2016 at 8:07 am | Permalink

    There’s only one species of rabbit in Ontario, so Randall Schenck is right. European hare have been introduced to Ontario, but this is clearly a rabbit.

  3. Diana MacPherson
    Posted June 25, 2016 at 9:09 am | Permalink

    Technically, I live in rural Ontario but the wildlife, save for the choppy, can roam easily to urban Ontario.

  4. Charlie Jones
    Posted June 26, 2016 at 8:59 am | Permalink

    I would prefer to be able to use the Latin names, but life is full of tasks that make studying them difficult.

    I think it would be easier to learn the Latin names if, for the common species, you gave us *just* the Latin names. Or at the very least type the Latin names first, and put the common name in parantheses.

    • Diana MacPherson
      Posted June 26, 2016 at 10:10 am | Permalink

      I follow a guy on Flickr who takes great bird pictures. I’m so glad he uses the Latin binomial as well as the common name because he’s German and has different common names from the English one. The bonus is I also get to learn the German name for many birds (which I usually forget but it’s still cool to learn them, even if they stay in my head only for a short time).

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