After a cool spring and a late start to the summer, we headed out , with Michael Runtz as leader, on Sunday, June 30, to the White Lake Fen and it was a perfect day. We observed 12 bird species, including Nashville Warbler, Northern Parula, Common Yellowthroat, Swamp and White-throated Sparrows and a Red-tailed Hawk. But the plants were the highlight, with 8 species of orchid: Helleborine, Showy Lady’s Slipper, Grass Pink, Yellow Lady’s Slipper, Rose Pegonia, White Bog Orchid, Northern Green Orchid, and a possible Ram’s Head. We also had many species of dragonflies , damselflies and butterflies. Notable were the Bog Sprite and the Elfin Skimmer. Leading into the fen were several species of fern, including Cinnamon, Lady, Sensitive and Oak.
Many observations of the natural world!
After the fen we headed to White Lake for ice cream and a picnic lunch.