Regina Beach lakeside trail June 19/16

12 people met at the Bluebird Cafe for supper at 5.30 p.m. at Regina Beach. Then we met 2 others at 6.30 at the pier parking lot. We had no leader officially, but Ingrid and Linda Lyster led people along the trail.  Linda knew the trail well and where we would like find orioles and grebes etc. By 6.30 the skies had become stormy, wind was up to 80 km/hr gusts, waves were crashing over the pier, 17 degrees, but the forecast was for it to be over by 7:00 p.m. which it was.  Winds calmed within half an hour and the sun came out.
Eileen Herman had joined us, so it was good to have a native plant expert with us.  Hiro took great photos again.

Birds Identified:
8 Pelicans
32 Ringed Billed Gulls
6 Baltimore Orioles
4 Western Kingbirds
1 Downy Woodpecker
1 Turkey Vulture
7 Purple Martins
17 American Robins
15 Cedar Waxwings
2 House wrens
1 Eastern Kingbird
5 American Goldfinch
5 Western Grebes with 2 of them carrying 2 baby grebes on their backs
1 lone mallard male, the female had been killed by a speed boat the week before
1 Catbird
4 Grackles
2 Brown Headed Cowbirds
1 Northern Flicker
1 Forster’s Tern

Plants Identified:
Black currants
Prickly rose
Long fluted anemone
Canada anemone
Orange fungi
Dogwood was blooming
Saskatoon berries were heavily laden and starting to ripen
Burdock
Wild pineapple
Yarrow
Fireweed
Cottonwoods
The plant we thought was Bladderwort (which has yellow, not white flowers), was actually BLADDER CAMPION, which, according to the Ontario Department of Agriculture publication of Weeds of Ontario is listed as “ a primary noxious weed under the provisions of The Ontario Weed Control Act.”  The Guide to Prairie Weeds, published in 1941, states, “Bladder Campion is already in Manitoba, and will doubtless soon turn up in Saskatchewan and Alberta.  The importance of being on the lookout, and taking strong measures if any plants are noticed, cannot be stressed too strongly.  Report any plants seen to your local District Agriculturist or Weed Inspector immediately.”
This needs to be reported to the RM of Regina Beach.

Report submitted by Ingrid Alesich

Photos by Hiroyuki Aoki
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