Bruce’s Mill Conservation Area: June 2020

Brown Thrashers, with their loud, repeated note calls, are usually easy to locate. The problem is getting close enough for a good photo. My tactic is to immediately take a photo:

Brown Thrasher

Then move closer by about 10 steps:

Brown Thrasher

Then another 10 steps:

Brown Thrasher

and another:

Brown Thrasher

At this point, the thrasher has usually had enough and takes off.

Other birds on this day:

Baltimore Oriole (male)
American Redstart (male)
Barn Swallow
Brown-headed Cowbirds
Brown-headed Cowbird (male)

Bruce’s Mills still has a former mill building:

Other views:

Spittle Bug
White Slant-line Moth

The most glorious colour was these Yellow Flags:

Yellow Flag (Iris pseudocorus)
Yellow Flag (Iris pseudocorus)
Yellow Flag (Iris pseudocorus)

Other botany:

Buckhorn (Plantago lanceolata)
Serviceberry (Amelanchier)
Birdfoot Trefoil (Lotus corniculatus)
Autumn-olive (Elaeagnus umbellata)
Barber-pole Bulrush (Scirpus microcarpus)
Brome Grass (Bromus inermis)
Timothy (Phleum pratense)
Orchard Grass (Dactylis glomerata)
Quack Grass (Elymus repens)
Fringed Polygala (Polygala paucifolia)
Celandine (Chelidonium majus)
Herb Robert (Geranium robertinum)
False Solomon-seal (Maianthemum racemosum)
Mountain Maple (Acer spicatum)
Oak Fern
Jack-in-the-pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum)
Marsh-marigold (Caltha palustris)
Fox Sedge
Ground-hemlock (Taxus canadensis)
Large-tooth Aspen (Populus grandidentata)
Red Clover (Trifolium pratense)
White Clover (Trifolium arvense)
Canada Anemone (Anemone canadensis)
Ox-eye Daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare)
White Campion (Silene latifolia)
Bird Vetch (Vicia cracca)
Virginia Waterleaf (Hydrophyllum virginianum)
Norway Spruce (Picea abies)
Red-osier (Cornus sericea)
Red Raspberry (Rubus strigosus)
Ground-ivy (Glechoma hederecia)
Flowering Cherry (Prunu)
Field Mustard (Brassica rapa)
Philadelphia Fleabane (Erigeron philadelphicus)
Dame’s Rocket (Hesperis matronalis)
Buttercup (Ranunculus acris)
Yellow Avens (Geum aleppicum)
Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)
Goat’s-beard with bees


In June ’tis good to lie beneath a tree
While the blithe season comforts every sense,
Steeps all the brain in rest, and heals the heart,
Brimming it o’er with sweetness unawares.        – James Russell Lowell (1819–91)

Miles Hearn

2 thoughts on “Bruce’s Mill Conservation Area: June 2020

  1. Brian

    Miles, you’ve outdone yourself! This collection is a tonic for for us all, for sure. Maybe something to do with your 10 step program! Many thanks for your unflagging (OK, this one did have a yellow flag) diligence With such high caliber nature reporting. Keep safe and be well.

  2. Lisa Volkov

    Well, your approach works! Wonderful pictures, as usual. What about the plants? Ten steps at a time there, too? (Oh well–I have to have my little joke, I suppose.) Thanks, Miles!


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