This week’s #SpeciesOfTheWeek is the White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis), a bird you’ve probably seen hanging out at your birdfeeder this winter! These birds are quite common in North America, and along with Black-capped Chickadees, are very likely to come close to humans looking for bird seed. Apart from seeds, nuthatches eat nuts that they store in the fall and forage for insects along tree trunks and branches. They have a distinct behaviour while foraging, moving from the top to the bottom of a trunk head-first. Nuthatches nest in tree cavities, and have an interesting method for deterring squirrels… they smear insects around the entrance! Nuthatches are non-migratory and prefer mature woodlands and edge habitats. We often spot them along the Rideau Trail and Sylvan Trail and hear their low-pitched, nasally ‘wha wha wha’ song just as often. Have you ever fed one of these cute birds?
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MINE TOURS AND OTHER PROGRAMSYes…there will be Silver Queen Mine Tours this summer!The park is planning to have guided tours on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 10am. Sundays will feature the regular Open House at the mine (10am to noon). The first tour will be Canada Day (July 1).Registration for all guided tours will open Monday, June 27. Space is limited so you must pre-register at the gatehouse or call 613-267-5060. Registration is not required for the open houses.ALSO!Evening Programs will be Saturday nights, starting in July. The time will change based on our daylight hours.Snake Talks will be every day at 2pm outside the visitor centre, starting Canada Day.Exploration stations, prop tables, and Kids programs will be advertised the week of on our program boards.Stay tuned for a great summer!
For the latest information on COVID-19 precautions and available amenities at Murphys Point (services, facilities, attractions) during the 2022 season, be sure to check https://www.ontarioparks.com/park/murphyspoint.
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