I worked too hard in the garden yesterday morning, so I just went for a drive in the afternoon, but I stopped in at the big beaver pond on Sideroad 13, to see if I could get some pictures. It's a neat place!
This is another big wetland, created by beaver along the course of Wodehouse Creek, just downstream from the big springs where the creek has its source.
There's a high spot where an old barn used to stand you can stand on to get a view over the marsh, . It was getting unsafe so it was sold to an ambitious rural homeowner who took it apart stone by stone and rebuilt it, presumably as a garden feature!
I was watching for wildlife with my binoculars when a Canada Goose swam into view behind the dam. Not many geese or ducks, but lots of smaller birds calling from all directions.
I headed down toward the dam to see if I coulc get close. This is the dam from just downstream on the creek. This is that mysterious creek that is bigger here than it is 3 miles downstream, where it's down to a small trickle. Don't know of any other creeks around here that get smaller going downstream.
I scrambled through the dogwoods, and the debris from the spring runoff, to get close to the dam. I was watching my footing from log to brush to log, a foot above the water flowing off the dam downstream.
A beaver dam is not a neat construction project! It is a messy tangle of branches of all sizes, mud the beaver use to hold it together, debris that has washed over it, and growing shrubs. But I did get out to the upper, outer edge, which you could stand on quite safely.
And from that point I could get quite a good look at the wetland extending out to the east. I'm tempted to bring my small canoe and paddle around here sometime.
The Pussy Willows were out in full, and the Red Osier Dogwood leaves starting to unfold.
This shot from the air, though slightly blurry, gives a good look at this huge wetland. The dam is near the lower right hand corner of the picture.
Out all morning today working on a Bruce Trail property, putting up a bit of fencing, with a bigger crew who were starting construction of a new side trail. The Black Flies were out in force, though they didn't bother me much at the time. Two hours later though, the bites had all turned red. Mrs. F.G. took one look at my arm and got one of those looks in her eyes! I just don't notice them biting, nor do they itch later, but I know they really bother some people.
Beavers are such fascinating creatures. I enjoyed your visit to their habitat.ReplyDelete
The dam looks in good shape. Those blackflies are a menace.ReplyDelete
I haven't seen a beaver up close. I would love to watch them build a dam.ReplyDelete
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Hello, the beaver dams are cool. The fly bites look bad, I assume the itch is awful. Have a happy weekend ahead!ReplyDelete
Those are wonderful photos indeed, same can't be said about those bites though, ouch!ReplyDelete
I'm an aching, tired, bug bitten mess after working about the yard too.ReplyDelete
Isn't it just the greatest feeling to be outside surrounded by Mother Nature in all her finery. The bugs aren't biting down our way yet.ReplyDelete
Busy beavers! Those bites look nasty... glad you didn't itch!!ReplyDelete
Beaver ponds are really special places, a wildlife bonanza for anyone who spends some time there. Insects bites are a fact of life for anyone who spends time in the natural world, we're fortunate not to have true northern black flies -- but we do have black-legged ticks carrying Lyme disease and potentially a couple of other really ugly diseases.ReplyDelete
Black flies are the curse of a walk in the woods - or the marshes - or the meadows - or alongside the streams - at this time of year. Damn those little critters!ReplyDelete
Those beavers sure do good work.ReplyDelete
I have an allergic reaction to black fly and mosquito bites, so we tend to avoid those areas when they are in season.
I watched a PBS story about the beavers in your country. Thew were using man made tubing to help slow down the severe flooding. They tried to drain out the ones that were causing damage. The whole show was very interesting to see. The water looks so great among the various colors along the ground.ReplyDelete
An interesting series of photos!ReplyDelete
Have a great week-end!
Lovely wetlands. Not a fan of the black flies.ReplyDelete
You reminded me why I like it up here in the Pacific Northwest where bugs are present but not ubiquitous. And no black flies! :-)ReplyDelete