With the cold and snow comes the opportunity and time for leisurely walks and other activities.
Wild turkeys had almost disappeared because of habitat loss but were reintroduced about twenty years ago. They are now thriving in Central and Eastern Ontario. Some farmers consider them a menace to their crops and are calling for a cull. But the Ministry of Natural Resources maintains that they only eat what has already fallen to the ground. A cull would also inevitably include hens which would endanger them once again.
|An impressive flock of wild turkeys|
There are outcroppings of granite bedrock with ferns and even trees growing in the crevices between boulders.
Trees well used by sapsackers are more easily noticed .
Also, unfortunately, are examples of "witch's broom", an indication of stress in trees and woody shrubs. It is easily recognized as a mass of shoots originating from a single point which resembles a witch's broom. The cause can be environmental or biological.
As I ventured further in to the woods I came across the remains of an old sugaring operation.
|The support for the stove trays for boiling off the syrup rests on the cast iron doors.|
|The stack of wood to fuel the fire looks more like a rock outcropping at first glance|
On my way back I swung by the creek and sure enough the otter was back up on the ice at the same spot. It would be nice to think that this watershed is a permanent home to a family of river otters.
|A curious river otter|