On a walk to Battleship Lake today we found several new blooms in the meadows, a preview of what to expect on the Spring Flora & Fauna Nature Walk on Sunday at 1 p.m.
Several Queen’s cup are blooming near the trailhead – more than I had ever seen before in this area.
Masses of slender bog-orchid (Platanthera stricta) have been blooming for a while but a few white bog-orchid (Platanthera dilatata) are also emerging.
Other notable white blooms include sticky false asphodel, five-leaved bramble, northern starflower, and white rhododendron.
This beautiful sedge was identified as showy sedge (Carex spectabilis) thanks to botanist Marta Donovan of the Conservation Data Centre.
The marsh violet continues to be abundant throughout the meadows this year. Purple arctic lupines are also emerging.
We had great previews of several birds as well. On one section of the Centennial boardwalk, an erratic tapping turned out to be a Red-breasted Sapsucker, drumming on one of the wooden steps.
When a Whiskey Jack flew nearby, it was interesting to compare the sizes of the two birds – the jay was much larger!