Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Museum Swamp/ Nature Notes

Living in or just outside the cattails at the Uxbridge-Scott Museum, Uxbridge, Ontario

Uxbridge - the town just east of East Gwillimbury - was settled at the turn of the 18th century by Quakers. One way Uxbridge celebrates its heritage is to house many artifacts in its museum, a collection of historical buildings. To the south of the buildings is a small wetlands that's very popular with red-winged blackbirds. Noisy blackbirds. Bossy blackbirds, too, that try to scare all intruders.

But I was brave...very brave. I wandered into the edge of the wetlands and found these, starting with the largest square and moving clockwise:  red-winged blackbird,  very aged cattail,  budding black-eyed Susan, red-osier dogwood (still in flower, even though many berries have already formed and turned white!), greater plantain, and St. John's-wort.

I've included the botanical names as common names often vary from place to place:
cattail - Typha latifolia
black-eyed Susan - Rudbeckia serotina
red osier dogwood - Cornus servicea
greater plantain- Plantago major
St. John's-wort - Hypericum perforatum

For more Nature Notes,  please visit Michelle at Rambling Woods by clicking  HERE.


eileeninmd said...

Great post, I like the Redwing Blackbirds. They are a real sign of summer for me. Beautiful mosaic and photos.

Carver said...

That's wonderful to have wetlands with such a variety of wildlife close to the museum. I always enjoy seeing what is going in nature where you live.

Ann, Chen Jie Xue 陈洁雪 said...

St. John's-wort is a good herb. I like nature photos. Good collage

Small City Scenes said...

Lovely, lovely, lovely!!
Very beautiful.
Red winged Black Birs are a fav with me. We always have a pair nesting in the reeds around the pond.


Luckaa said...

Lovely mosaic.

Cezar and Léia said...

Wonderful indeed and very informative!Thanks for sharing!

DeniseinVA said...

A super collage of nature pics. We have the Redwing Blackbirds in our area too. The first time I saw that patch of red and yellow, I was in awe and have been ever since. Lovely wildflowers.

An English Girl Rambles

Anonymous said...

Those red-wings are loud and are bossy, I agree and we have plenty of them with all the wetlands. I must get out and take some photos as our nature preserve..Lovely collage... Thank you for your kind comment..I thought I had things all figured out in life...but then it's not over until it's over....Michelle

Lowell said...

What a cool place. I've seen a few redwings here also, but haven't yet been able to photograph one. Maybe ours are more skittish than yours are?

Squirrel said...

I love the way you've captured the beauty in all these images.

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