Skunk Cabbage and Wintergreen Plants at Dickson Wilderness Area



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Skunk Cabbage and Wintergreen Plants at Dickson Wilderness Area

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It is so much fun to go hiking and birdwatching in the springtime.  With all the migrating birds arriving daily in Ontario, we never know what surprises are in store for us at places like Dickson Wilderness Area, near Cambridge, Ontario.  The same can be said for all the tender new growth that is pushing its way up out of the cold soil.  With each passing day, new treasures are to be found amidst the bleached leaf litter on the forest floor.  Eastern Skunk Cabbage (Symplocarpus foetidus) is always one of the very first plants to emerge from the frozen earth because this plant is capable of generating its own heat and can even thaw its way through a thin veneer of ice. Read more

An Eastern bluebird near Cambridge in Ontario



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An Eastern bluebird near Cambridge in Ontario

An image of an eastern bluebird male along brant waterloo road near Cambridge, Ontario.  Photography by Frame To Frame - Bob and Jean.

Bob and I took a drive down towards Cambridge to see if we could locate any of the Sandhill Cranes reported to be nesting in the area of Grass Lake.  Our first observation over the marshy lake revealed nothing to us of the Cranes’ whereabouts, but a fellow birdwatcher pointed us a little further down the dirt road where Eastern Bluebirds (Sialia sialis) were preparing to nest.   They were going to have to stand in for the Cranes until a little while later. Read more

A Sandhill Crane At Grass Lake In Ontario



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A Sandhill Crane At Grass Lake In Ontario

An image of a Sandhill crane at Grass Lake near Cambridge, Ontario, Canada.

A sudden change in plans had Bob and me with a free day in which to go birdwatching, an opportunity not to be missed.  Recent reports on ebird Canada had us setting our sights on an area just west of Toronto, an area to which we had never gone birdwatching before.  It promised to be a fruitful day, and sure enough, amongst other species observed, we did sight one Sandhill Crane (Grus canadensis) at Grass Lake near Cambridge, Ontario. Read more