This afternoon, I headed over to Clark Wright for a walk around the trail. It had rained earlier in the day, but things were pretty well dried out by the time I got there. A MILBERT’S TORTOISESHELL was fluttering around in the parking lot. It spent most of the time soaking up the heat from the sun-baked gravel.
The trails here are very well-kept by the Conservation Authority. The grasses, weeds and bushes on either side of the trail provide a tall border. In places, it is almost like walking in a tunnel.
I didn’t see much in the way of other butterflies. Some COMMON RINGLETS and I caught a glimpse of a dark swallowtail, might have been a SPICEBUSH.
A few birds were calling. But for the most part they stayed out of sight. Saw a couple of NORTHERN FLICKERS, some BLUE JAYS and an AMERICAN REDSTART. Back at the pond, I was surprised at how quiet it was. The last few times I have been here the place was awash in CEDAR WAXWINGS. But today I didn’t see a single one. Didn’t hear any, either.
There are lots of things that a person could do to while a way these retirement hours. I have found that there is so much to learn about the world of nature, butterflies, birds, wild flowers and even trees, bushes and grasses. It provides me with a sense of fulfillment. I get the exercise, the fresh air and the pure enjoyment of observing and learning about the natural world around us.
I am also keeping myself busy these days preparing for my trip to California in early September. I am pretty excited. There is much to read up on and study in preparation for this trip. My North American bird list currently stands at 502. I am hoping that this will increase to about 520 by the end of the trip.
Well, it is getting late and I still want to get some reading done before I hit the sack. Goodnight, my friends.