Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Flora and Fauna in May

Pileated Woodpecker


Walking in Parc-nature du Bois-de-Liesse

I have rarely seen a pileated woodpecker this close (last time was from a window). It was happily pecking at some rotten wood on the forest floor, unperturbed by our presence.

Pileated Woodpecker

They are really majestic creatures - large birds compared to their woodpecker cousins.  The forest is just waking up. Green is slowly replacing the sepia dried leaves.

First Trilliums

This time of year I am on the lookout for trilliums. They grow quickly and last but a short time. The red ones were visible - the white ones merely buds. Only a few days more and the forest floor will be covered with their white, perky blooms.

Red Trillium

The red flowers are hard to spot once the white ones open. There are many fewer red trilliums around. Apparently new trillium plants take up to 7 years before they start to produce flowers.

White Flower

I'm not sure what this flower is.  I am just amazed at how things grow - pushing through the dried leaves of fall and finding light. Their season is short as they only last until the tree canopy fills in and covers the light.

Addendum: I'm told this white flower is Sanguinaria Canadensis or Bloodroot.

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