201609 Trip to Skerryvore

Monday was a beautiful spring day so we went to Skerryvore to see what we could see.   This is some of what we saw:

Canada Goose incubating eggs on a distant (~100 m) beaver lodge in the pond across from Big (Gereaux) Lake:


Reindeer lichen —  Cladonia rangiferina  — which I don’t think I’ll collect as its uses don’t appeal to me:


Fiddleheads forming.  I eat Ostrich ferns, well cooked.  It would be a special treat if I could find some morels to make a cream sauce for the fiddleheads.


We need an insectologist (?) to identify this pollinator:


Basking in the sun:


A wasp (another task for a hymenopterist) pollinating a wild strawberry:



Lonicera canadensis (Fly Honeysuckle) is starting to bloom:

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Down by Deshevy’s Farm this pair was turning the clumps of grass for morsels:


As I was leaving I spotted this kite and tried out the new lens:


As I had the lens poking up into the sky this Sandhill went skooting by.  My first “Bird In Flight” with that lens, a fluke.  I will practice some more with it as it has good potential.  Maybe  I’ll be able to emulate Ray T., a Sudbury BIF expert.


A nice reflection along Skerryvore Road:


This morning I got this X rated posting from Mary Holland in my email.  Rough?

And ….

This coming Saturday, May 14th!