Jim Ferrier’s Photographic Field Guide to the species of plants and animals found in the Sutton Mountains and surrounding wilderness areas.
Jim Ferrier has been involved in wildlife habitat conservation for almost 30 years. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Ruiter Valley Land Trust, Quebec’s first land trust, and has done volunteer and other work for many foundations and land trusts, including the Mont Echo Conservation Association.
An enthusiastic amateur naturalist, Jim is currently working on his long-term labour of love, a photographic field guide to the species of plants and animals found in the Sutton Mountains and surrounding wilderness areas.
We are grateful to share excerpts from his photographic field guide here:
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)
To about 50”. Large, gray long-legged bird with a yellow bill and black eyebrow stripe, ending in black head and neck plumes in breeding adults. Flies with neck bent in S-shape and long legs trailing.
Barred Owl (Strix varia)
A large owl to about 20” or more. Pale with dark brown horizontal barring on upper breast and throat and dark vertical streaks below, brown and white on head, back and wings with dark eyes. In eastern North America, the Barn Owl is the only other owl with dark eyes.
American Crow (Corvus Brachyrynchos)
Also called Common Crow.
A large glossy black bird to 18” with black bill and feet. May look glossy blue-black or purple-black in sunlight. Tail tip squarish in flight (raven’s is rounded). Bill slimmer than raven’s. Black bill and feet. Often seen or heard in flocks. Walks, not hops, when on the ground. A strong, steady flier.
About 12 to 14 cm (sparrow size). Black cap and throat, white cheeks, grey back, sides buff or rusty. Boreal Chickadee, also in our range, has brown cap and back, less white on cheeks and rustier sides.