Soooo… honeycakerabbit was in Toronto Canada for a conference, and had a couple of days afterwards for fun! She caught the bus to Kingston and we planned a day (summer solstice!) in Lemoine Point Conservation Area, which is a gorgeous place on Lake Ontario. 4point5kittehs came down from Ottawa area too. We packed up lunch in backpacks and away we went!
As near as I can guess from the map, we walked 5 or 6 km total, and we saw some friendly human-type peeps, some with dogs, and we saw wildlifes!
This is 3 of us, with Seanya taking the picture:
A very nice passerby took a couple of pics of all of us!
We had a picnic lunch, with local strawberries 4.5K picked up on the way, German chocolate provided by HCR, and some basic sandwiches and fresh fruits and veggies. We met our first squirrel here, who after two green seedless grapes and a small piece of bread crust climbed up a branch above us to stretch out and take a nap. We met a chickadee, too.
Then we packed up the leftovers and wandered onwards, and eventually we found the water!
We saw a very striking butterfly – nicewitch says it’s a Giant swallowtail, probably a male, and not very common in Canada. It was gliding just over the surface of the water, and landed on the wet part of the shore where it was getting hit by a bit of spray at moments – it just sorta fluttered its wings to get the spray off and kept sitting there, in no apparent distress, and finally wandered off. It seemed quite willing to let us get shots of it. It’s on the beach in front of HCR; the insert pics show what it looked like.
While we were on a woodland section of trail, we met another black squirrel, and tried tossing him a grape. He was quite happy to eat it near us….
… until someone else came along the trail, then he found a new spot to eat his grape.
We saw a Pileated woodpecker, briefly, which was pretty neat.
Then we met a chipmunk.
Which we gave a grape to. Then, magically, one chipmunk became a whole lot of chipmunks, who were running up to get grapes, including taking them from our hands in some cases, and running off with them, and coming back to ask for more. They kept trying to chase each other off. Sadly, because they move SOOO fast, most of our shots came out rather blurred, so we don’t have pics of them running up and down the trail and diving off it into hideyholes. Even on a rapid-burst camera setting, they disappeared out of frame between one shot and the next, frequently! I can’t begin to tell you how much fun we had with these lil guys! We did get a few pics:
We made another friend, too, which I managed to identify after I got home as a White-breasted nuthatch. He kept following us, obviously wanting something, but leftover grapes and even a strawberry just didn’t do it. Again, moved a lot, and was in all kinds of interesting positions, head up or down or sideways, which was amazing to watch but hard to get a good picture of.
What are HCR and 4.5K watching?
They’re watching prysma wandering off the path! (The story of my life LOL) In this case, to investigate a stream running under that bridge in the background.
Tired happy peeps heading back towards the parking lot!
All in all, amazingly awesome but tiring day! Love you guys wifamuchness!!!!!!