Fauna/flora surveying at Gatineau Park (2015) - Part 2

I went to Gatineau this morning hoping to do bird-watching and nature photography while the regular research crew surveyed the plants and bees.  But the weather was cold (it even snowed a bit) and most of the plants are still in the budding stage.  Here are some of the things I saw.

White trillium (Trillium grandiflorum)

Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis)

Early meadow-rue (Thalictrum dioicum)

Round-lobed hepatica (Anemone americana)

Sharp-lobed hepatica (Anemone acutiloba)

Unknown sedge in flower.

Dried Indian pipe (Monotropa uniflora)

Unknown moss

I was just looking up in the forest and noticed a bird above me.  I thought it was a robin, but then I looked at the photos closely and realized it may be a Veery (Catharus fuscescens) because of the lack of an eye ring (compared to a Hermit Thrush) - a lifer!

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius)
A female Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius).

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius)
The sapsuckers feed at the neat rows of sapwells - on the sweet sap and/or any insects attracted and trapped inside the sapwells.

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius)

My field season has tentatively been set - leaving Ottawa in ten days!  Can't wait to be on the road again.

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