Spring Has Sprung, part II

Last weekend we discovered that the spring wildflowers have begun their annual show out at Bake Stewart Park. This weekend, we discovered that the goslings at Row River Nature Park have begun to hatch. Check out these cute geese babies!

Spring-Geese

Fellow blogger “the Cascade Rambler” was also at the Nature Park Sunday morning. The Rambler makes his home in the Salem area and writes a lot about birds and his favorite birding trails, not just in Salem but around the valley, on the coast, and sometimes out of state. If you’d like to see what he found at the Park on Sunday morning (he took far more pictures than I did), take a look at his blog post http://cascaderamblings.blogspot.com/2015/04/row-river-nature-park.html.

 

Western Snowy Plover: Share the Shore
Spring Has Sprung

Comments

  1. Looks like I need to make my first Spring trip to the park. I haven’t stopped there yet because of the crowds (judging by the frequent pack of cars in the “parking area”). I visited the little “park” (no name??) on Sears road north of the quarry for the first time ever… there’s lots of Camas there and it’s blooming along with a gorgeous “upside down” lilly-like flower that I’ve yet to ID.

    • Hi Tori,
      It has been busy at the Nature Park lately, especially at the fishing pond.
      The little park on Sears Road is probably Cougar Mountain (though last time we were out there the sign was missing). I love camas so thanks for the heads-up. 🙂

      Also, perhaps the upside down lily is a “dog tooth violet”.

    • I grew up calling those Dog Tooth Violets. I don’t have access to my field guide right now so I can’t give a more scientific name. We saw them at Bake Stewart Park last weekend too. I love them. 🙂

  2. Those hanging petals do resemble a dog’s canine’s; maybe that’s one I’ll be able to remember, lol. Was surprised not to find them in my small NW nature guide; they’re so pretty.
    Thanks for sharing your friend’s blog link! He has a great collection of places, flora and fauna there that will give me ideas, inspiration and references. That’s what your blog does, ya know… it inspires me to go places so I appreciate all your posts.

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