Saturday, April 4, 2015

Shorelines to Sycamores

Another morning at Rondeau Park added only a couple of different species than yesterday. Unseasonably cold temps kept things rather quiet, especially along the sloughs.

Unlike yesterday, I saw some Hermit Thrushes today.  More Fox Sparrows were scattered around.

I warbler finally revealed itself in the form of a Yellow-rumped, likely the same one seen on Thursday.  It was along Lakeshore Road well south of the VC.  It remained elusive to the camera though.

At the edge of the campground, I found a pair of Eastern Bluebirds interacting and checking out a cavity in a snag.

I decided to check out a bit of the shoreline where south point trail used to be. Looks like it will be impossible to get through this year!  It made for some interesting scenery today with the lingering ice and fallen trees.

As we know, there was severe erosion along the south edge of the park last autumn.  It has been ongoing for many years, but for some reason last year it took a turn for the worse.  No doubt the endless strong southerly winds had something to do with it.

After a few hours in the park, I headed towards Ridgetown.  I usually travel up McKinley Line to Front Line and over to Scane Road.  Near the north end of McKinley, there is an exceptionally magnificent Sycamore Tree that I have admired.

Although not the tallest tree, it has a very large crown spread and the dbh is close to 200 cm. Sometimes called buttonwood, this tree is in an upland location.  Often the sycamore prefers wetter locations.
One can only wonder how old this specimen is!

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