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Eldred King Woodlands: April 4, 2020

It has been an interesting experience trying to find different natural locales for each day and I am making many discoveries.

This large and many-trailed forest is located just south of Vivian on highway 48. There are still very few signs of spring except for the absence of snow. Hazel shrubs were showing their tiny scarlet flowers:

Beaked Hazel (Corylus cornuta)
Beaked Hazel (Corylus cornuta)

Other botany:

Basswood (Tilia americana)
Black Cherry (Prunus serotina)
Alternate-leaved Dogwood (Cornus alternifolia)
Ground-hemlock (Taxus canadensis)
Moss on stump
Mapledust Lichen
Hop-hornbeam (Ostrya virginiana)
White Pine cone (Pinus strobus)
Lady Fern from last year
last year’s Hepatica
Blackberry (Rubes allegheniensis)
Moss with Lichen
Red Elderberry (Sambucus racemosa)
Red Rasberry (Rubes strigosus)
Butternut (Juglans cinerea)
Red Pine cones
Red Pine cone
Beech (Fagus grandifolia)
Moss
Periwinkle (Vinca minor)
Red Pine (Pinus resinosa)
Red Pine (Pinus resinosa)
American Beech (Fagus grandifolia)
Poison Ivy (Toxicodendron rydbergii)

Trail scenes:

Pileated Woodpecker drilling with sap dripping
Squirrel dinner table of Red Pine cones

I didn’t see any birds but heard Pileated Woodpecker, American Robin, Blue Jay, Purple Finch, Chickadee and Red and White-breasted Nuthatches.

Afterward I had a look at the hamlet of Goodwood:

Town Hall
United Church
Baptist Church

NATURE POETRY

Oh, to be in England
Now that April’s there,
And whoever wakes in England
Sees, some morning, unaware,
That the lowest boughs and the brushwood sheaf
Round the elm-tree bole are in tiny leaf,
While the chaffinch sings on the orchard bough
In England – now! – Robert Browning

Miles Hearn