This Wednesday we’ll be visiting Ferguson Lake, a walk featuring both woods and a boardwalk over a marsh with relatively flat terrain throughout. Ferguson Creek drains north into Wright Creek which in turn runs under Hwy 97 and into the Salmon River. As always, meet under the large Spruceland Mall sign for car pooling and waiver-signing in time for a prompt 9:30 a.m. departure. Walks finish around noon.
Seven of us took a short walk on the Tabor Mountain Recreation trail off Klein road. There we found many species of woodland flowers with the highlight being a Round-leaved rein orchid (Platanthera orbiculata) with its two, flat-to-the-ground basal leaves, each as big as the palm of your hand. Photo below. Then we were off to the nearby Great West Life Mobility Trail to see, in particular, five species of ferns: Ostrich fern (Matteucia struthiopteris), Lady fern (Athyrium filix-femina), Spiny wood fern (Dryopteris expansa), Oak fern (Gymnocarpium dryopteris) and, tucked in a rock crevice, a special treat Fragile fern (Cystopteris fragilis). – Dora Hunter.
The annual run of southerly migrating shorebirds has started, and will be building up in coming weeks. When the run is at its prime, a short-notice announcement of a trip will be sent out. A dozen species can be expected during the July-August passage, and there’s always the possibility of a true rarity, particularly since these are in vogue at present (see below).
We’re pleased to say that fungi expert Keith Egger will be leading this trip. Meet at Spruceland for a 9:30 departure.
The latest report of a rarity in our region is the most surprising yet – a Curve-billed Thrasher, the first ever in BC, seen and photographed at Francois Lake. See http://bcbirdalert.blogspot.ca/ .
Below is a different sort of rarity, spotted in the Shelley area. It’s a common enough bird – a Pine Siskin – but it’s a rare leucistic (white) form. Talking of birds, watch out for very young ones on the road at this time of year – they’ve not yet learned to get out of the way.
Following up on the earlier discussion of the dangers of ticks, Jack Bowling sends a simple tip (attached document) for staying tick-safe.