Ramsey Survey: Monday, June 20, 2016: a look at Smooth Rock Falls

22 degrees and very windy at the start (5:02 AM). 22 degrees and still windy at the conclusion.
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Bird Highlight: Spruce Grouse
Spruce Grouse

Spruce Grouse

Botany Highlight: Twinflower

Twinflower (Linnaea borealis)

Twinflower (Linnaea borealis)

Species list: spruce grouse, common loon, yellow-bellied sapsucker, pileated woodpecker, alder flycatcher, least flycatcher, blue-headed vireo, red-eyed vireo, blue jay, American crow, common raven, black-capped chickadee, red-breasted nuthatch, winter wren, ruby-crowned kinglet, veery, Swainson’s thrush, hermit thrush, American robin, ovenbird, nashville warbler, mourning warbler, common yellowthroat, American redstart, northern parula wabler, magnolia warbler, bay-breasted warbler, chestnut-sided warbler, palm warbler, Wilson’s warbler, chipping sparrow, swamp sparrow, white-throated sparrow, common grackle.  (34 species)
Strong winds and the fact that we are late in the breeding season may have given us fewer birds.
Sheep Sorrel (Rumex acetosella)

Sheep Sorrel (Rumex acetosella)

Our favourite spot.

Our favourite spot.

Interrupted Fern

Interrupted Fern

Hop Clover (Trifolium aureum)

Hop Clover (Trifolium aureum)

Mountain Maple (Acer spicatum)

Mountain Maple (Acer spicatum)

Mourning Cloak Butterfly

White Admiral Butterfly

Typical terrain

Typical terrain

Roads like this have made me drive older cars!

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A well-deserved Lumberjack breakfast at the Watershed Restaurant.

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During our trip to Smooth Rock Falls, the temperature was 28 degrees in Timmins. Shortly after a violent 30 minute storm lowered the temperature to 14 degrees.

A LOOK AT SMOOTH ROCK FALLS

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Stainte Gertrude

Sainte Gertrude

Tomorrow, we leave at 3:30AM to begin the Cochrane survey at 4:44 AM.

Miles Hearn

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