Cinnamon Fern

Cinnamon Fern on Bruce Falls property

This morning, a group of four of us (Luke Berg, Chris Risley, Ian Attridge and Drew Monkman) visited the Bruce Falls Property (recently donated to the Kawartha Land Trust) north of Chandos Lake near Glen Alda.  We found 34 species of birds, including a number of Canada Warblers, thanks to Luke’s excellent warbler song skills! Plants in bloom included Bunchberry, Starflower, Canada Mayflower, Pink Lady’s Slipper, Clintonia, Wild Sarsaparilla and Wood Sorrel (a few). We also found a variety of ferns, including Interrupted, Cinnamon, Royal, Oak, Rattlesnake, Maidenshair, Sensitive, Wood and Bracken. There were some signs of Moose such as droppings and hoof prints. On the way there, a large adult Black Bear crossed County Road 620. The mosquitoes were horrendous, to say the least!  The following is our complete bird list for the morning:

Canada Warbler - Karin Laine

Canada Warbler – Karin Laine

Bunchberry on Bruce Falls property

Bunchberry on Bruce Falls property

Canada Goose (moffitti/maxima) 2 Heard Only.
Wild Turkey 1 Heard only.
Broad-winged Hawk (Northern) 1 Flew up from the road.
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 5
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Great Crested Flycatcher 1
Red-eyed Vireo (Red-eyed) 14
Blue Jay 4
Common Raven (Northern) 1
Black-capped Chickadee 5
Red-breasted Nuthatch 1
Brown Creeper (Eastern) 2
Winter Wren 8 Many birds singing. Likely an undercount.
Golden-crowned Kinglet 2 (one bird carrying food)
Veery 12
Wood Thrush 1
American Robin (Eastern) 8
Cedar Waxwing 5
Ovenbird 14
Northern Waterthrush 6
Black-and-white Warbler 6
Nashville Warbler (Eastern) 4
Common Yellowthroat (Eastern) 2
American Redstart 3
Magnolia Warbler 1
Blackburnian Warbler 8
Black-throated Blue Warbler 2
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 4
Black-throated Green Warbler 7
Canada Warbler 7 Good count for Peterborough County! All birds were heard singing.
White-throated Sparrow 5
Scarlet Tanager 2
Common Grackle (Bronzed) 1
American Goldfinch 1
passerine sp. 1 Probable Boreal Chickadee. First heard strange call notes then farther back from the trail I was pretty sure I heard the full nasally call of a BOCH.

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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.