Crawford Lake: early December, 2020

Crawford Lake, west of Milton, contains a reconstructed 15th-century Iroquoian village:

re-creation of Iroquoian longhouse

and several trails connected to the Bruce Trail:

There is a 1.4 km circular boardwalk which follows the shore of Crawford Lake through a mixed forest of cedar, hemlock, balsam fir, birch, basswood, maple and hop-hornbeam.

PIleated Woodpecker drilling

Along the way are some impressive wildlife wooden carvings:

In 2 hours, I found only some elusive chickadees and this nuthatch:

White-breasted Nuthatch

Sadly, the many mature ash trees here have been killed by the ash borer and the forest is filled with felled trees.

cut down ash tree

Some botany:

Multiflora Rose (Rosa multiflora)
Hop-hornbeam (Ostrya virginiana)
Hop-hornbeam (Ostrya virginiana)
Basswood (Tilia americana)
young Red Ash (Fraxinus pensylvanica)
Balsam Fir (Abies balsamea)
young White Birch (Betula papyrifera)
snow on Eastern Hemlock
Alternate-leaved Dogwood (Cornus alternifolia)

This short video has some excellent bird close-ups.

Eagle photo taken in BC:


Now is the time for the burning of the leaves.
They go to the fire; the nostril pricks with smoke
Wandering slowly into a weeping mist.
Brittle and blotched, ragged and rotten sheaves!
A flame seizes the smouldering ruin and bites
On stubborn stalks that crackle as they resist.    – Robert Laurence Binyon (1869–1943)

Miles Hearn

3 thoughts on “Crawford Lake: early December, 2020

  1. Susan Richardson

    This is delightful Miles. I have been there many times but not for some years. The wooden carvings are new to me. Thanks for this. Few birds but just beautiful with the snow still there.

    Susan R

  2. Gail Adams

    I am delighted to know about this walk! I hope dogs are allowed. Thank you too for the video Miles. I could almost smell the fire while reading Binyon’s poetry.

    Your postings will be so welcome this winter as, sadly I think all the winter walk spots are taken. I put my application in early but apparently TDSB is having difficulty with their wed site and I am out of luck.
    See you in the Spring I hope!


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