Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Louth Conservation Area: Revisit III

On Sunday May 3, Jean and I returned to Louth Conservation Area after missing a visit the previous weekend. We were busy adding some Boreal species to our life list.

The Trout Lily blooms were non-existent. All that remains are their brown speckled leaves. We had missed their yellow flowers deeper in the woods. It was now the Trilliums' turn to flower, their white blooms swaying in the light breeze atop the escarpment. One has to pay attention to avoid stepping on flora as they walk along the Bruce Trail.

Common Blue Violet and Downy Yellow Violet sharing the spotlight.

Though not as prevalent, Jack-in-the-Pulpit were living up to their name, standing tall over the flowering congregation.

False Solomon's Seal has started to flower (May-July) but no flowering Smooth Solomon's Seal (May-June) were found to compare the two plants from the Lily Family.

Birds were limited once again but we managed to add 2 species to the year list. A male Black-throated Green Warbler (#117) and a pair of Rose-breasted Grosbeak (#118) were seen while surveying the tree tops for activity. A Hermit Thrush was observed on the forest floor while we walked along Staff Avenue.

Returning home we would spot a lone Purple Martin (#119) flying overhead. A quick check of a nearby martin house produced no additional sightings of this species.
More warblers were encountered the day before our visit to Louth and the following weekend. Results to be posted soon.

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