On Earth Day this year, I had the day off, so we decided to take a drive down to our local Wild Bird Care Centre. They were having a special event with crafts and activities. Of course, my daughter wanted to do “a hike” first (we can do crafts any other time, after all!) so we ambled through the forest.
I must have been a child on a field trip the last time I visited this place. All of the specimens and taxidermy seemed so familiar, and the building itself felt miniature, which is always the case when you come to a place for the first time as an adult.
We fed the chickadees, walked along fallen logs, and saw our first butterflies of the season. When we got back to the field house, we checked out some of the activities, one of which was dissecting owl pellets. It is essentially a hairball, which contains everything the owl cannot digest- lots of tiny mouse bones, and sometimes even an intact skull. Fascinating stuff!
Butterflies LOVE hot sunshine and we’d had such a rainy, dreary summer. This year, I hadn’t had much time for butterfly chasing in the city anyway, but they were noticeably absent at the cottage too. Now that it’s fall, we are experiencing weather that finally feels like July: blue skies and sweltering heat. And butterflies.
It seems I only update this blog during cottage season. I can’t easily carry my big camera around with me during our day-to-day activities, so when we go to the cottage, I try to make up for it.
Here are some photos from our last trip to the cottage, over Canada Day weekend. It has rained pretty much all summer; that weekend was no exception. When we did go outside, it was in rain boots and sweaters. In July.
There weren’t a lot of butterflies (they are most active on hot sunny days) but we found a clutch of chubby monarch caterpillars on one of our walks. There were so many dragonflies too, more than I have ever seen.
Hope you are all having a beautiful summer so far!