The past four days have been so busy with lots of learning.
Our first activity was visiting our friends farm again. This time the animals were all out, and boy have they grown since we were there last. New baby goats, the puppies (image below) have more than tripled in size, and the ducks from our previous post have also grown.
Saturday, while bike riding on Merritt Island, the kids saw a loon drying itself with its wings spread wide. (I was not with them to get a picture).
Sunday we began our summer quest – to hike as many of the conservation areas in our region.
Our first spot – Morgan’s Point, in Wainfleet. It was a short trail through dunes, and partly on the beach. We saw the regular seagull, but also a much larger gull (at least twice as big as the regular). I had never seen a gull that big before. There was also a flock of a smaller kind of bird, with a very long pointed beak. It looked like a sandpiper a bit. We will be doing a bit more research to find out exactly what it was.
And the last found treasure on this hike: a crayfish claw. Didn’t find any lives ones (yet!).
On the drive home from Morgan’s Point, we found “Mud Lake” conservation. So we decided to check it out too.
Mud Lake is a bird / marsh reserve. We realized after that it is located right beside the old Welland Canal. We watched a red-wing blackbird splash around in the marsh. Very cool. As we watched the marsh, we noticed two birds swimming off in the distance. Our camera could not focus on them, but they were Black Swans. Amazing.
Mud Lake has much better hiking trails than Morgan’s Point, if you want a real hike. It is also a “bug zone”, so next time we go we will ensure we have the bug spray.
AND the finally – on Queen Victoria’s Birthday – today we went to hike at St.John’s Conservation Area.
For the first half hour, we walked around the lake while the girls caught minnows and tadpoles. Then we ventured onto the trails. We hiked ALL of them. Pictures below. ENJOY! (We did).