Category Archives: Nature Walk Reports

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