Last week, my parents and I headed up to Moose Lake to pick up my brothers from 4H camp. The landscape around the lake is quite different from home as the lake area is part of the northern boreal forest. The habitat around the lake includes paper birch, poplars, jack pines, white spruce, sand dunes, and lots of wild blueberries!
There were quite a few of other berry pickers in the woods, but there were lots of berries go around. My family picked three ice cream pails of blueberries and so far, my mom has made jam, and a blueberry crumb cake, and I made blueberry-cream muffins.
There weren’t very many birds in the woods, but there were quite a few squirrels,
This squirrel was nibbling on a pine cone,
I was walking through the woods and came across this active Osprey nest. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a photo of the Ospreys on the nest as they flew away as I approached, but I watched them circle the nest for quite some time,
A close-up of the very large nest,
The Ospreys were a Year Bird for me, putting my 2014 Year and Alberta lists at 162 species,
There was a flock of Black-capped Chickadees and Yellow-rumped Warblers feeding in the the pines. There were also a few small songbirds mixed in with the chickadees and Yellow-rumped Warblers that I wasn’t able to identify as they were difficult to see in the trees.
Here’s my eBird checklist from our adventure of blueberry picking.
Here’s one of the three Dark-eyed Juncos that were feeding in the low shrubs,
Some of the beautiful trees that surround Moose Lake,