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Enniskillen Conservation Area: March 17, 2020

Little traffic on the roads so a trip that should have taken an hour took 45 minutes. The car brakes were seldom necessary.

This morning I headed north of Bowmanville once again to the Enniskillen CA. This area has “a cedar swamp, open wetlands and bubbling brooks” as the brochure states. It is located on the southern slopes of the Oak Ridges Moraine.

I had the area completely to myself as you can see by this empty (except for me) parking lot.

There are over 5 kms of trail here and I walked on all of them.

The hilly trails were so icy that it would have been impossible without my “grippers”.

Trail images:

evidence of Beaver

At a certain point the trail passed through fields:

Apple Tree (Malus)

I saw Chickadees, Cardinals, Juncos, Robins and Crows:

American Robin
American Crows

and heard Mourning Dove, Downy Woodpecker and Red-bellied Woodpecker.

Botany on this 4 degree, overcast day:

British Soldiers lichen
White Cedar (Thuja occidentalis)
White Cedar (Thuja occidentalis)
White Cedar (Thuja occidentalis) cones
White Spruce (Picea glauca) cones
Speckled Alder (Alnus incana)
Scotch Pine (Pinus sylvestris)
White Pine cone and needles (Pinus stobus)
White Elm with moss (Ulmus americana)
Eastern Hemlock (Tsuga canadensis)
Yellow Birch (Betula alleghaniensis)
Yellow Birch (Betula alleghaniensis)
Yellow Birch (Betula alleghaniensis)
Virgin’s Bower (Clematis virginiana)
Multiflora Rose hips (Rosa multiflora)
Oriental Bittersweet (Celastrus orbiculatus)
Trembling Aspen (Populus tremuloides)
European Buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica)
Staghorn Sumac (Rhus typhina)
Autumn-olive (Elaeagnus umbellata)
Mullein (Verbascum thapsis)
Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)
Panicled Aster (Symphyotrichum lanceolatum)


If what I say resonates with you,
it is merely because we are both branches on the same tree.  – William Butler Yeats (1865–1939)

Miles Hearn