Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Pinery, May 22-24 2015

HI ho, hi ho, its off to the Pinery we go....... I bet I have you singing that tune
We had a wonderful weekend away on the shores of Lake Huron. It was a little cool on Friday but the rest of the weekend was hot and humid. We enjoyed two evenings by the campfire. It was so relaxing. We explored lots of the park and I did a few hikes on my own as Duncan is still fighting a sore throat and cough. He didn't get much sleep Friday night so I let him sleep in on Sunday for as long as he wanted. We were able to check out the bald eagles nest and we saw an eagle up on it. It is so well covered by leaves that we couldn't tell if there were young ones or not but someone told us that there were two young ones in the nest. The chipmunk that was at our site last year is still there and using the some hole to hide its stash of nuts. While driving back from getting sunset pictures at the beach on Saturday evening we had to stop as there was a 2 foot snake crossing the road. I asked at the visitors center on Sunday what kind it was as I had taken a few photos of it. They said it was a mature Hog Nose Snake and that they are at risk in the park so I had to fill in a report of where we saw it, what time and in which direction it was traveling along with my name etc. I was also asked to send them the photos I had taken. I'm glad we were able to spot it and let it cross successfully. On Sunday I watched a racoon swim across the channel. I didn't know that racoons could swim. I am always learning new things on our adventures. Sunday when we pulled up at the dumping station there was a Scarlet Tanager sitting on the roadway so I was able to get a few pic's before it flew away. I was wondering if it was collecting mud from the damp area at the filling station or just getting a drink. Was nice to see it out in the open like that. We had a great weekend and will return to the Pinery in the fall as it is really busy in the summer months.

The blossoms are beautiful in the evening sun

The tent caterpillars are emerging from their tents

They are devouring the new leaves.

Red-eyed Vireo singing his heart out

If you look very closely in the middle of 
this photo you will see the bald eagles nest

Large snapping turtle at the channel

Yellow Warbler singing his song

Dwight the racoon reaches the far shore

Canada goose family out for a swim

Mr. & Mrs. red-eyed vireo collecting nest material

A box turtle out exercising and soaking up some sun

There were still a few trillium's in bloom

Working hard to fit the peanut into its cheek

I found a patch of wild lupins

Bumble bee on the lupins

Natures art work on the Ausible Channel

Female Ruby-Throated Hummingbird

This tree is keeping an eye on me as I hike past

Hognose snake slithering into the leaves

Lots of dunes erosion damage all along the beach

Amazing Saturday sunset over the lake

I was so excited to get photos of this pair of downy 
woodpeckers together on our peanut feeder at camp

What a beautiful song this male eastern towhee was singing

Purple beauty in the woods

Male Scarlet Tanager

Chippy coming out of its home on our site

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