Nonquon Crown Lands & Port Perry: April 7, 2020

There are 2 ways of looking at snakes. You can admire these wonders of nature as I did when encountering about half a dozen of them all wrapped up with each other.

Eastern Garter Snakes
Eastern GarterSnakes
Eastern Garter Snakes
Eastern Garter Snakes

The other way to look at them is as the stuff of nightmares. My wonder quickly turned to alarm when the whole collection suddenly began to slither at top speed towards me.

Fortunately they veered off before reaching me.

Eastern Garter Snakes
Eastern Garter Snakes

Today I explored 2 sections of the Norquon Crown Lands knowing that there would be no yellow police tape here forbidding my entry.

The first area is an education centre which has many short trails.

From this pond I heard loud singing from Wood Frogs, Spring Peepers and Western Chorus Frogs.

Wood Duck nesting box

Some botany:

Coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara)
Tamarack (Larix laricina)
Bottlebrush Shield Lichen

The Chickadees are obviously used to being fed here and came very close many times:

Black-capped Chickadee
Black-capped Chickadee

I also had Ruffed Grouse and many Tree Swallows plus these:

Red-tailed Hawk
Turkey Vulture
Common Raven

and my first Mourning Cloak Butterflies of the spring:

Mourning Cloak Butterfly

After a short drive north, I hiked into the forest on a very rough trail:

No-one has driven on this for a while!

There were some spectacular views here:

Beaver Lodge

Then a short drive to Port Perry:

European Starlings
Lake Scugog
United Church
Town Hall (1873)
Presbyterian Church
Public Library
Anglican Church
Township Building


Oh, how fresh the wind is blowing!
See! The sky is bright an clear,
Oh, how green the grass is growing!
April! April! Are you here?                    – Dora R. Goodale (1866–1953)

Miles Hearn

4 thoughts on “Nonquon Crown Lands & Port Perry: April 7, 2020

  1. Lisa Volkov

    More gorgeous pictures! Many thanks! And those snakes! (Good thing I’m not snake phobic–at least not in pictures)

  2. Leah

    Thank you Miles for sharing your photos!!
    We got out quite a bit before the yellow caution tape started holding us back.
    By the way, my son remembers you as the tallest man he’s every met :).


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