Beaver River Wetland Trail: July 2021

In March 2020, I drove north of Uxbridge to the Beaver River Wetland Trail which is on a former railway route:

Today I revisited the area:

MYSTERY BIRD

I will identify it at the end of the post.

Some botany:

Virgin’s-bower (Clematis virginiana)
Orange Day-lily (Hemerocallis fulva)
Bird Vetch (Vicia cracca)
Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)
Joe-pye-weed (Eutrochium maculatum)
Fireweed (Erechtites hieraciifolius)
Silky Dogwood (Cornus amomum)
Fireweed (Erechtites hieraciifolius)
Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)
Evening-primrose (Oenothera)
Swamp Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata)
Rough Cinquefoil (Potentilla norvegica)
Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)
Chicory (Cichorium intybus)
Bracken Fern
St. John’s-wort (Hypericum perforatum)
Bird Vetch (Vicia cracca)
Fireweed (Erechtites hieraciifolius)
Canada Thistle (Cirsium pratense)
Choke Cherry (Prunus virginiana)
Fireweed (Erechtites hieraciifolius)

MYSTERY BIRD

This chicken-like red-brown bird is a Ruffed Grouse.

Ruffed Grouse

NATURE POETRY

Raised are the dripping oars,
Silent the boat! the lake,
Lovely and soft as a dream,
Swims in the sheen of the moon.                                       – Matthew Arnold (1822–88)

Miles Hearn

1 thought on “Beaver River Wetland Trail: July 2021

  1. Lisa Volkov

    What a beautiful place–in both seasons! Gorgeous botanicals, marvelous Ruffed Grouse. Thanks, Miles!

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