01 Whitestone Lake
Trip Start May 04, 2009
23Trip End Oct 15, 2009
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Moyra & Dave's Bunkie
The birds and flowers in Spring are spectacular - lots of Red, Pink and White Trilliums plus numerous other Spring flowers (many shall remain nameless unless I received email clarifications). The hummingbirds returned 2009 05 06 and I also got to espy a beautiful Northern Flicker pair, numerous Purple Finches plus cute Nuthatches and Chickadees. The ducks have already taken over the nesting boxes - a new crop of Mergansers and Wood Ducks should hit the lake early next month.
The weather has been great for working - sunny and warm - though the Blackflies arrive when the Trilliums bloom and don't burn-out until the flowers shrivel in the late May warmth. I've been splitting wood - large Yellow Birch logs - which has required using wedges and a sledge hammer; more akin to splitting willow. Also helped to drop some trees that needed to come down -- although the tough ones with bad leans near vital buildings are being saved for someone more experienced (they likely need to be de-limbed before removing the trunks so not to take out the power lines or the new garage).
Helped demolish a beaver dam - they didn't rebuild due to last Fall's trapping and hunting; lots of water is held back by their creative engineering though the neighbouring trees do take a beating from their teeth.
All the local libraries, including Dunchurch, now have WiFi but require a simple password to connect -- ergo, at least one visit is required while they are open.
With great thanks to Moyra and Dave for putting up with me, I am heading to Wisconsin tomorrow to pickup Cindy and Bogie, likely with a two to three week layover at Natural Lakes, before taking a meandering route towards Yellowknife via Canada's National Parks and wilderness. Stay tuned for additional pix and stories as the summer unfolds...