By Cheryl Anderson

On May 20, this South Shore Stroll was part of the SSJI’s partner organization Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory’s Spring Birding Festival. In spite being late for some blooms we did see some wildflowers. John Lowry has provided us with beautiful photos of Wild Columbine, Herb Robert and many others. We saw great swaths of Mayapple foliage in bud, but not in bloom. John has sent along some photos of Mayapple in bloom for our edification.



We also heard and saw a number of birds including: Red-eyed Vireo, Baltimore Oriole, Common Merganser, Ring-Billed Gull, Great Blue Heron, Philadelphia Vireo, Indigo Bunting, American Redstart, Mallard, Double-crested Cormorant, Black-capped Chickadee, Eastern Towhee, Song Sparrow, Common Yellowthroat, Wood Thrush, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Yellow Warbler, Brown Thrasher, American Robin, Ruffed Grouse, Turkey Vulture, Common Raven, Sharp-shinned Hawk. It was serendipity that we decided to search out the Orenda Ring which was used to test the engines of the Avro Arrow. We easily found the centre pole that the engine carts were tethered to.

Our volunteers host South Shore Strolls to help everyone experience our beautiful South Shore. The next Stroll is Saturday, June 11 at 9:00 am and meets at the corner of Simpson and Army Reserve Roads. Please register HERE