Friday, September 8, 2017

Young Wetlands

Last week I shared a few pix of the Young Wetlands, one of those places off the 7th Line that I visit.  I showed the flooded boardwalk from a time when the beaver were busy raising the level of their dam, and the Bruce Trail was flooded out.

Reading the comments I suddenly realized that I had not actually been in there yet to see the new boardwalk that was built the following year.  So that's where I headed earlier this week.  The trail has been re-routed a bit too, to provide this nice view of the wetland as you approach it.

I took a quick look and saw only this pair of Canada Geese.

Panning toward the dam (on the right), I saw no other waterfowl.

But then my lazy grey cells clicked and reminded me that I had my binoculars with me.  Suddenly I was seeing a lot more geese!

Looking toward the stump-filled upper end of the pond, I eventually counted nearly 40 geese.  Can you see the 8 in this picture?  All but one of them are standing on one leg - why do they do that?

I continued down the trail to check out the new boardwalk.  It's a serious, heavy duty boardwalk, about 2 feet above water level, and a full 30" wide.  I was in to watch it being built, so I know it's a solid trail.  And the trail crew that built it was able to save the old bridge and straighten it out a bit.

Here's the pond at the high level when the beaver were most active.

And here's part of the boardwalk then, on the surface, but just floating.  I couldn't take a step beyond this.  Quite a big improvement!

As I was heading out another small flock of geese flew in for the night.  I think at this time of year they spend daytime out in crop fields filling up on spilled grain, and then fly to the wetlands where they can perch overnight safe from predators.

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  1. It took me a while, but I finally spotted the 8th! we love places like this....

  2. The geese were bavk here on Sept.1st again this year. Love those birds!

  3. I counted 6 geese for sure and then my eyes crossed. The others were stumps, I think. :)
    Big improvement on the boardwalk. They'll finish it eventually, I assume?

  4. That's a very sturdy boardwalk for sure. I also wonder why geese stand on one leg like that.

  5. Wetlands are wonderful places to see wildlife. This boardwalk was a great improvement to make this lovely area accessible to all.

  6. I don't know why birds do that, but I've seen geese and ducks do that one foot thing.

    They must be thinking about now about the migration south.

  7. That is an interesting place to visit. I like getting my grey cells to kick in after I have blundered for so long. The wood walk looks fun but I am assuming they need to finish the one section. I wouldn't like to be around that.

  8. What a great walkway - it is nice that there are those who will help preserve walkways like this. Beautiful shots. It took a while to find all 8, good photo.

  9. Yes, I did find all 8 of the geese. The one right in front took me a while to find.
    Nice boardwalk to walk along.

  10. Wetlands are amazing. We drove to a local yesterday just for a wlk with the dog and to take pictures even though it was a very gray day. I took some pics of one or two shorebirds on a log and low and behold when I transferred the images to my computer there were 8 birds on the log not the one or two. I laughed out loud at myself.

  11. We have a wonderful group here in Powell River that makes and maintains trails, bridges and boardwalks in the bush. They are called the BOMB Squad (Bloody Old Men's Brigade). All are retired gentlemen who enjoy hiking and the outdoors. - Margy