Red Squirrel in Parc des Hauts-Fonds, Québec

Today I visited Parc des Hauts-Fonds which is located on the St. Lawrence River a few kilometres west of Quebec City. “Hauts-Fonds” means approximately “where the river is more shallow.”

Red Squirrels do not hibernate, but in winter they eat from the supplies of nuts and seeds they have buried. They can find their buried food in more than 1 foot of snow.

Red Squirrel
Red Squirrel
Red Squirrel
Red Squirrel

Some birds:

Canada Geese
Black-capped Chickadee
Black-capped Chickadee
Black-capped Chickadee
Black-capped Chickadee
Common Redpoll
Black-capped Chickadee

Some botany:

White Birch (Betula papyrifera)
Red Ash (Fraxinus pensylvanica)
Lichen on red Ash
Staghorn Sumac (Rhus typhina)
Apple (Malus)
Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum)
Hawthorn (Crataegus)
Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum)
Red Ash (Fraxinus pensylvanica)
Manitoba Maple (Acer negundo)
Red-osier Dogwood (Cornus sericea)
Choke Cherry (Prunus virginiana)

NATURE POETRY

The brown buds thicken on the trees,
Unbound, the free streams sing,
As March leads forth across the leas
The wild and windy spring.                     – Elizabeth Akers Allen (1832–1911)

Miles Hearn

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