A Long Weekend full of “school”…

The past four days have been so busy with lots of learning.

1 Month Old Great Pyrenees Puppies

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.
Map of Morgan's Point
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.


Map of Morgan’s Point

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Unsure what flock of birds this is… need to research

And the last found treasure on this hike:  a crayfish claw.  Didn’t find any lives ones (yet!).

Crayfish Claw

Crayfish Claw

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.

I think there is a turtle in this picture...

I think there is a turtle in this picture…

Redwing Blackbird splashing in water

Redwing Blackbird splashing in water

Watching the Redwing Black birds

Watching the Redwing Black birds

Mud Lake Marsh

Mud Lake Marsh (two black swans in distance)

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).

St. John Conservation Area hiking trails

St. John Conservation Area hiking trails

3 Painted turtles resting on a log

3 Painted turtles resting on a log

Baby Mallard ducks

Baby Mallard ducks

dragonfly

dragonfly

tadpole

tadpole

Garter snake

Garter snake

garter snake

garter snake

This plant looked like a carnivorous Pitcher plant. (closed)

This plant looked like a carnivorous Pitcher plant. (closed)

This plant looked like a carnivorous Pitcher plant. (open)

This plant looked like a carnivorous Pitcher plant. (open)

Can anyone identify this flower?  it grows under large green leaves.

Can anyone identify this flower? it grows under large green leaves.

Ontario's Flower - Trillium.

Ontario’s Flower – Trillium.

Ontario's Flower - Trillium

Ontario’s Flower – Trillium

Looking up into the canopy

Looking up into the canopy

Skunk Cabbage

Skunk Cabbage

Of course there has to be some fungi in the forest !

Of course there has to be some fungi in the forest !

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