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  • Erieau Marsh Trail –      May 12 & 13, 2024

    Erieau Marsh Trail – May 12 & 13, 2024

    Lately, we have had more spring-like weather, cooler temperatures, rain and cloudy skies. Next, we are expecting hot and humid weather with more rain. Now is a good time to look back on sunnier days. The Erieau Marsh Trail runs along an old railway corridor, a narrow path bordered by trees, vines and shrubs on…

  • Rondeau Provincial Park – Part 2 & McGeachy Pond Conservation Area West,

    Rondeau Provincial Park – Part 2 & McGeachy Pond Conservation Area West,

    Woodland wildflowers adorned the shady paths at Rondeau. Below: False Soloman’s Seal, Baneberry, Cypress Spurge, Blue Phlox, Virginia Waterleaf, Wild Geranium, Red Columbine. A carpet of Mayapples was in bloom. Some plants grew in sunnier places. The first two, Tartarian Honeysuckle and Jetbead are introduced shrubs that have become invasive and displace native plants. Riverbank…

  • Rondeau Provincial Park – Part 1: Birds                   May 10 & 14, 2024

    Rondeau Provincial Park – Part 1: Birds May 10 & 14, 2024

    The photo on the left below was taken on April 28 when the foliage on the trees was just emerging. In early May, after several days of rain and well-above-average temperatures, the canopy was already in full leaf. Although Rondeau is closer to Lake Erie and experiences slightly cooler temperatures than London, the trees in…

  • Shrewsbury – May 2024

    Shrewsbury – May 2024

    From our balcony overlooking Harris Park in London, we hear a variety of bird songs and calls. These are usually common birds nesting or passing through – Northern Cardinals, Blue Jays, American Crows, Carolina Wrens, Red-winged Blackbirds, Red-eyed Vireos, Chimney Swifts, American Robins, Canada Geese and others. On a recent walk through our neighbourhood and…

  • Solitude Nature Reserve – May 6, 2024

    Solitude Nature Reserve – May 6, 2024

    We are just back home and still sorting through our photos. Before we left for our stay in Shrewsbury near Rondeau Provincial Park, we wanted to go back to Solitude Nature Reserve to see the array of early spring wildflowers we had seen there a year ago. As it turned out, spring is more advanced…

  • Rondeau Provincial Park – April 26, 2024

    Rondeau Provincial Park – April 26, 2024

    We continue to have warmer than usual weather for late April and early May with an abundance of rain. There is already a green haze of new leaves in the tree canopy. We took advantage of a sunny day to make an early spring visit to Rondeau Provincial Park with some friends. All four of…

  • Osprey Nest with Eggs

    Osprey Nest with Eggs

    Against the odds, the Ospreys have chosen the new stadium lights at Labatt Park for their nest. Tuesday, April 23rd, the female was at the stadium nest almost continually, not always sitting down, until it was too dark to see. Early Wednesday morning, both male and female were adding sticks to the nest on the…

  • Sifton Bog – April 22, 2024

    Sifton Bog – April 22, 2024

    What better way to spend time on Earth Day than a stroll along the boardwalk at Sifton Bog Environmentally Significant Area (ESA)? The boardwalk leads through a deciduous swamp to a floating acid peat bog. Many Common Grackles flew from tree to tree in the deciduous woods and dipped into the water. A pair of…