Durham East Cross Forest Conservation area: late March, 2020

This area, which is north of Bowmanville, protects an ecologically sensitive part of the Oak Ridges Moraine. The trail that I explored is a snowmobile trail.

In the shaded areas the ice was perilous:

Icy Trail

On hills there was a considerable amount of mud:


No migrant birds were about, but I did see these Ruffed Grouse tracks:

Ruffed Grouse tracks

As you can see, the rear toe leaves very little imprint.

Trail views:

Hydro corridor

No worries about social distancing here as I did not see another soul.

Some Botany:

Highbush-cranberry (Viburnum opulus)
Apple from last season
White Cedar (Thuja occidentalis)
Red Oak (Quercus rubra)
Hop-hornbeam (Ostrya virginiana)
Basswood (Tilia americana)
Large-toothed Aspen (Populus grandidentata)
Large-toothed Aspen (Populus grandidentata)
Mapledust Lichen
Hawthorn (Crataegus)
Juniper (Juniperus communis)
Mullein (Verbascum thapsus)
Ground Cedar
Bottlebrush Shield Lichen


Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.  – Confucius

Miles Hearn

4 thoughts on “Durham East Cross Forest Conservation area: late March, 2020


    Thanks for posting these! I take little tests and see if I can name the species before I get to the description under the picture. They have been fun to follow.

  2. Elizabeth Hartman

    Thank you so much Miles for continuing to share your outdoor adventures. It’s the next best experience to participating in your weekly groups.
    I look forward to the beautiful photos of the fauna and flora from each trip.
    Your kindness during this unusual time is so greatly appreciated.

  3. Janet marche

    while self-isolating these great photos are a delight. I really enjoyed the picture of the bottle brush licken, so easy to walk by something like that. the poetry is also a great addition.


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