Tuesday, March 08, 2011
Finally some sunshine again! At the Strathroy Reservoir the Virgin's Bower looked pretty against the blue sky. I found muskrat tracks and slide marks down the banks. There were hundreds of ducks at the Sarnia Bay in the afternoon, but since I forgot my binoculars at work, all I could identify were redheads, mallards, common golden eyes, canvasback and a bufflehead. Somewhat tenuous identifications I made squinting from the shore.
Most ferns disappear in winter, reappearing in the spring from underground stems, but a number of species are visible thoughout the winter. The Ostrich-fern Matteuccia struthiopteris (L.) Todaro' s fertile spore stalk appears woody and brown. Found on wooded river bottomlands, swamps, in neutral to alkaline muck.
Sunday, March 06, 2011
Redheads are common in the Sarnia region this time of year. Jake and I spotted these ones in the Bridgeview Marina behind Venetian Village in Point Edward today and yesterday. On our drive from Pt. Edward to Corunna we also spotted: Long-tailed ducks (30 or more) at the Bluewater Bridge, Canvasbacks were plentiful in Sarnia Bay and in Corunna, and two White-Winged Scoters were seen at Sarnia Bay.