Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Killbear, May 16-19 2014

This was our first trip to Killbear Park and we will be adding this to our list of great parks to return to. The weather was cool when we arrived but the sun shone almost all weekend. Each day was warmer and a weekend of fun and firsts was enjoyed. After setting up camp we headed out for firewood and a tour of the park. We hiked the Lighthouse Point Trail, had supper and enjoyed a campfire.
Lighthouse Point Trail
View of the shoreline

Lighthouse at the point

Columbine plant growing on the rocks

Male American Redstart

Fall colours in spring

Saturday was a busy day as we wanted to go to the Visitor Center, hike the Lookout Point Trail, drive to Snug Harbour and spend the evening relaxing at the fire. We were able to accomplish all this and I was able to take a walk on the beach before supper while Duncan put his feet up at our campsite.
 Saturdays Adventures
We saw a MOOSE at the Visitors

Looking out from the Visitors Center

Down by the waters edge

Green Bracket Fungi

Sunlit new growth on a tree

Ant on the new flowers on the forest floor

Lookout Point view

Great-crested Flycatcher, a first for me

1 of 20 thousand Beech Trees that have been cut down in Killbear Park due to disease 
which leads the trees to snap from decay before it looks like they are even sick.

Eastern Phoebe

Looking out on Kilcoursie Bay from the beach

A woman painting at the beach

Sunday was another beautiful day and we drove into Parry Sound to check out the sights there. We stopped at the main harbour and drove up to the tower that looks over the area. On our way back to camp we stopped at the general store to check it out. We then hiked the Twin Points Trail before heading back for a rest. Before supper we took one last tour through the park to see what we could see. The rest of the evening was spent relaxing in front of a roaring fire.
Sundays Tour & Hike
Duncan  at the dock in Parry Sound

It amazes me how things can grow on this rock

Just have to scratch this itch

One of many piles of wood from all the cut trees  :(

Male Common Merganser out fishing

It's amazing how mesmerizing a camp
fire can be

Life was busy at the campsite also. We had a few chipmunks that visited but the exciting thing was a pair of Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers that were working on a new home. I was able to get many photos as the male worked away on the nest in the tree. There was another male that wanted her attention but her mate kept him at bay.
Campsite Activity
Chipmunk has his hole at our campsite

I'll close my eyes and she won't see me.......

Trying to work the ipad

I found the peanut bag but how do I get in

I know I can make this peanut fit

Male Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Working to clear out the new home for the Mrs.

Removing a mouthful of wood chips

Another male trying to entice his woman

I can fit in now so it is almost finished

Looking for the wife for final inspection
The vegetables are starting to grow at the Holland Marsh area

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