On the way back from Parry Sound I detoured via Woods Road to check on a nesting pair of Canada Geese that I’ve been watching. A new family!
See the two goslings and spent egg? CG eggs take about 3-4 weeks to incubate, depending mainly upon temperature, I think. During this time the parents molt their wing feathers and are “grounded” for a week or so. Although I remained in the car, in the rain, a couple hundred feet away, Ma and Pa watched me intently the whole time. That swamp is quite thick so I suspect that I’ll not see those goslings again.
On Shebeshekong Road the cottongrass was in full bloom …. in the very welcome rain. Since the plant is a sedge the alternate names cottonsedge or bog cotton are better. “Sedges have edges. Grass has joints.”
The pin cherries are in full bloom now, about a week ahead of choke cherries and black cherries.
I can’t resist including this Pale Corydalis:
This morning (6:00 AM) the temperature is near the dewpoint ( 16ºC) so we have a nice frontal fog —- which will probably dissipate as the air warms up with midday heating. I think that it will linger, though, as a stationery front is stalled over the eastern part of Georgian Bay.
So I think that we’ll get out to enjoy the “soft” air/light.
Oh Tom, Lovely – I’m waiting for my “brood” to arrive here – breathtaking to watch the babies watched over by their protective parents. They spend the afternoon along the frontage here and then, they all take a rest and off into the river!!!