Covid-19 has made changes to the lives of most of us, few of which are welcome, and one of the consequences of the pandemic is the lack of contact with friends. We had not seen John and Michelle since before the inception of the virus so it was with great pleasure that we were able to meet up for a tour of SpruceHaven in order to show them the modifications to the landscape since their last visit.
The ladder you see at the bottom left of the above picture is used to access the various nest boxes we have installed throughout the woodlot.
Michelle took this great shot of an Eastern Red-backed Salamander ( Plethodon cinereus), still easily found beneath rotting logs, or under the boards we have placed for them, but soon they will be seeking shelter deep in the soil as the iron grip of winter descends upon their woodland home.
There are several colour morphs of this familiar lungless salamander, the two most common in our area being the redback shown above; leadback coming in a close second.
Herb-Robert (Geranium robertianum) has but recently ceased blooming, but the leaves remain an agreeable feature to enjoy on a bright autumn day.
Switchgrass (Panicum virgatum) is a deep-rooted, hardy grass that will form the backbone of our prairie ecosystem. It can attain a height of around 250 cm.