Carden Alvar Nature Board by Bob BowlesCarden visit, Victoria Wknd.

Like many I visited Carden Plains area on the long weekend. Having a friend in the area we stayed over and visited both Sunday and Monday. While the weather wasn't the greatest the birds didn't seem to hold back. Though we were skunked on the Loggerhead we were treated to most of the expected treats and then some. My party included 2 botanists so our outing was especially enriched. Special notes in birds included excellant views of a Black Billed Cuckoo, Snipe, a rhythmically ambling Woodcock (do they wear i-pods?), a closely perched Broadwing Hawk to mention the most noteable. In plants we found a very long list (already) the highlights of which were some rare trees Elm, Cok Elm, White Walnut and in plants; Fringed Polygala (pink & white), early saxifrage and early buttercup both extirpated from Toronto region, prairie smoke, Indian paintbrush to mention but a few. I'm looking forward to another Birding and Botantizing crawl (B&B) next month.


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