Highbush Cranberry

Highbush Cranberry

Red-osier Dogwood (Drew Monkman)

Red-osier Dogwood (Drew Monkman)

This afternoon I walked the Trans-Canada Trail from the blue bridge (near the pumping station entrance point on Parkhill Road at Ravenwood) to Ackison Road. A great number of shrubs are in bloom right now – almost all with white flowers –  especially from the bridge at Lily Lake to Ackison. I did not see any turtles today nor any sign of nesting.

Plants in bloom

1. white blossoms – shrubs: Nannyberry, High-bush Cranberry, Red-osier Dogwood, Alternate-leaved Dogwood (at blue bridge), Tartarian Honeysuckle (some with white flowers, others with

pink flowers; abundant) herbaceous plants:  Wild Strawberry, Canada Anemone

2. green/yellow blossoms – Wild Grape (male staminate flowers open),  European Buckthorn (at blue bridge)

3. yellow blossoms – Bullhead Lily, Goats-beard (almost in bloom), Wild Mustard

4. red blossoms – Wild Columbine

Birds seen or heard:  American Bittern, Veery, Alder Flycatcher, Red-eyed Vireo, Yellow Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Northern Waterthrush, Great Crested Flycatcher, Yellow Warbler, American Redstart, Swamp Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, American Crow

Frogs heard: Green Frog

Observer: Drew Monkman

Categories: Sightings

Drew Monkman

I am a retired teacher, naturalist and writer with a love for all aspects of the natural world, especially as they relate to seasonal change.