New Wildlife on Colonel By Lake 2016

SPRING IS HERE…

duck mother eight young may 2016

During the 2016 spring migration old acquaintances came back, first the Canada Geese, many of which never left or migrated just a short distance where open water provided food. They have already bred large groups of offspring that flock together in the lake and in the river.

The Mute Swans were back in numbers with up to a dozen hanging around Colonel By Lake and with some of them setting up home on the River Styx in the large marshland at the north-western end of the river.

Ospreys returned to their old nests, the couple that inhabits the federal land beside the Dickinsons have been breeding there since 2003. Other nests at Casey Island and at Keirstead are occupied, and one nest on a large tree stump in the River Styx has also a breeding couple.

A pair of Bald Eagles has set up residence in a tree in the north-west corner of the River Styx. Here are some photos that Mark Fleming took. Mark is a neighbour on our road who loves to be on the water in his kayak and with his camera at the ready.

mark fleming swans 2016 aHere are two mute swans side by side, Pa and Ma perfectly lined up except for their heads. Cygnets have a comfortable ride. End of May, 2016, River Styx.

mark fleming bald eagle bA Bald Eagle watching over its nest site. A little later his or her mate flies in with food.

mark fleming bald eagle aAnd to prove the point, here is the nest with at least two young.

mark fleming bald eagle dThank you Mark for sharing these photos with all your neighbours and friends who are interested in the natural history of the Aragon Road. 

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The weedy areas of Colonel By Lake were the nursery for a few days last week, May 23-25 with lots of Carp mating. The entire day the sound of splashing and gurgling water whipped up by the large fish was overwhelming. Here are a few shots of the mating game. The carp are at least 75 cm to one metre in length.

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carp spawning may 24 2016

carp spawning may 24 2016 dPhotos taken by Henk Wevers, from our dock in the shallow Draper Bay at the northwest end of Colonel By Lake. 

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Four Historic Homes on Aragon Road

Congratulations to the owners of four homes on our Aragon Road that have been added to the Heritage Property List of the City of Kingston. These four are:  the John Hogan House at Aragon nr. 13, built in circa 1863; the Michael Burke Farm at nr. 204 built after 1861; The Corrigan House at nr. 384, built before 1860 and the Draper Farm at nr. 464, built prior to 1860.

farm hogan end of roadThe John Hogan House, now owned by Art and Thea Tidman.

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The Michael Burke Farm, owned by the late Cecil and Wilma Graham

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The Corrigan House, currently owned by Bob Wolfe and Jackie Duffin

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quintin house oct 2013The Draper Farm, currently owned by Phil and Judith Quintin
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There is one historic house left of the list and that is the house previously owned by the Lockett family, and currently owned by Jamie Carson and Catherine Dhavernas. According to Ryan Leary,  Senior Planner, Heritage, it will be added later.

I have no idea why it was not listed as it is built in the same period as the Michael Burke farm house, better known as the Graham farmhouse. The Locket house was original red brick but Colonel Fair would by farms, ‘modernise the farmhouse by stuccoing the outside,severing it off with a parcel of land  and sell it for a profit.

lockett house after renovation The Lockett house, now owned by Jamie Carson and Catherine Dhavernas 

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The owners of these historical houses received a letter with extensive documentation about the farmhouses, an aerial view of the property, part of a historic map by Putnam and Walling, 1860, a section on the architectural merits of the house, historic data and the criteria used to assign the Cultural Heritage Value according to Ontario Regulation 9/06

The Putman and Wallling map is included in this website at: https://aragonroadhistory.wordpress.com/historic-map-of-the-glenburnie-area-and-the-aragon-road/

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