Sunday, September 18, 2016

James Irwin Civil War Veteran - My chance encounter
Today, I went to the Civil war re-enactment at Otterville Ontario, I took lots of picture and then decided it was lunch time. There was a table facing a row a tombstones from an early cemetery. I took one shot of a stone not looking at the details, when I got home I looked at the image.

these are some of the stones arranged in a long row

This is the marker I took a picture of for no particular reason.

Looking at the details this James Irwin's marker he died on March 15th 1898 at the age of 60. This is the interesting thing James was a veteran of the American civil war serving in the Union Army Company C 100th Pennsylvania Regiment. I did a little research , he was a private mustered in Feb 3 1865 and mustered out with the rest of the regiment on July 24 1865.
I found a regimental history, during his service the regiment was at   Fort Stedman March 25, 1865. Appomattox Campaign March 28-April 9. Assault on and fall of Petersburg April 2. Occupation of Petersburg April 3. Pursuit of Lee April 3-8. Moved to Washington, D. C., April 21-28, and duty there till July. Grand Review May 23. Mustered out July 24, 1865. 

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

The Raptor Count I spent a very enjoyable morning at the Hawk Cliff Forest just east of Port Stanley Ontario observing migrating raptors. Joining me where a group of a dozen or so very dedicated and knowledgeable bird watchers. The objective for this morning was to continue the annual fall raptor count, this is done by identifying counting and recording bird numbers. The counters arrange themselves in folding chairs at the edge of a large field facing east, the process is to spot a bird call out it's location and have others verify what kind of hawk it is. I soon discovered that farther away you can spot the bird the better, there were lots of hawks but most came no closer than half a mile. Suddenly there appeared a kettle of raptors over 60 in number, this happens when an off shore wind pushes the birds out over the water. They do not like flying over open water and attempt to move back on shore, the strong wind pushes them into a group and they are forced to reduce altitude to escape the winds. These are mostly broad wing hawks. This caused great excitement amoung my fellow birders. By the way a hummingbird, spotted and verified does not make the tally sheet.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

I saw these two in the backyard this morning, I checked 2 guides and could not nail down the identification. We had a front move through and the wind is blowing north west to break our latest heat wave.