Tree Swallows and Coltsfoot at Rouge Hills / April 25, 2019

The forest at Rouge Hills is a least a week behind in spring development compared to the more urban places that we go.

Leaves and other growth are just starting to emerge:

Trillium (Trillium grandiflorum)
Trout-lily (Erythronium americanum)
Virginia Waterleaf (Hydrophyllum virginianum)
Miterwort (Mitella diphylla)
Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis)
Coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara)

Christmas Fern from last year:

Christmas Fern

The beginnings of some tree and shrub flowers:

Balsam Poplar (Populus balsamifera)
Bitternut Hickory (Carya cordiformis)
Serviceberry (Amelanchier humilis)

One of the most noticeable tree barks in the forest in Hop-hornbeam. The bark is gray-ish-brown; broken into short, narrow, longitudinal strips, loose at both ends and easily rubbed off.

Hop-hornbeam (Ostrya virginiana)

The cluster of fruit sacs is reminiscent of hops; hence the name Hop-hornbeam.

Hop-hornbeam seeds (photo: Backyard Nature
Hops (photo: Amazon)
Hop-hornbeam (Ostrya virginiana)

Some park scenes:

Sometimes Bluebirds are seen here but not today.

Species list: ring-billed gull, downy woodpecker, northern flicker, eastern phoebe, tree swallow, blue jay, American crow, black-capped chickadee, white-breasted nuthatch, American robin, pine warbler, red-winged blackbird, brown-headed cowbird, northern cardinal, American goldfinch, field sparrow, dark-eyed junco, song sparrow.  (18 species)

Tree Swallows

This morning’s group:


Sugar’s sweet, but sap is sappier;
Cold nights make the farmers happier!     – The Old Farmer’s Almanac, 1989

Miles Hearn

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