About ten years ago, Credit Valley Conservation purchased a large tract of farm land along the Credit River. Since that time, the land is being managed so that it will return to its original state as native meadow and tallgrass prairie. One of the hopes is that eastern meadowlarks and bobolinks, birds that are typical of meadow and prairie habitat, would nest here. Both were present during my visit.
Thank-you to Ken Sproule for species identifications.
How many songs, O summer wind,
How many songs you know
Of fair, sweet things in your wanderings,
As over the earth you go. – Ina Donna Coolbrith (1841–1928)
I always enjoy these postings and learn a lot. Thank you Miles.
Beautiful! And that baby (I’m assuming that’s what’s meant by “nymph”–that it’s newly–hatched? Emerged?) grasshopper! Thanks Miles, (and Ken)!