I spent some time entering the species mentioned in Dad’s notes and in “the cottage books” into a spreadsheet to attempt to get a central record of every species seen on the property. Here’s a little excerpt I found that I just love –
July 8, 1979 – (entry by CJ in the cottage book) “Saw the “bird of the year” this AM near the sand pit – a black billed cuckoo!! A life first for C.J.
Talking with Roy Peters yesterday, he insists that each spring the government drops dragonflies from planes to combat black flies. Home in the afternoon”
That’s a beauty!
And I call myself the Mighty Naturalist… There I was tramping through the forest, blithely pulling individual leaves off of trees thinking I would bring them back and flip, flip, flip… the books would tell me what they were. Shows how much I know – without information about if the leaves were growing simple or compound off the twig and how many leaves, if there was fruit or flowers etc, how can I identify them? Dolt.
A few groups Dad did not mention in his lists are the mosses and lichens, mushrooms and fungus. I only have a portion of all that he documented, so perhaps he listed them in some book or database that has been lost. As the mosses and lichens are my personal favourites, I shall identify as many as I can this week. Here’s a start;
Could it a bit of false pixie cup peeking through?
“A truly good book is something as wildly natural and primitive, mysterious and marvelous, ambrosial and fertile, as a fungus or a lichen. “
-Thoreau, Henry David