It's the season of red berries. The wintergreen has ripened and its bright red berries are visible all around the shores of Lake Wicwas. These will stay red into winter, and provide a good food source for many birds.
Red isn't the only color though - I found these large clusters of blue berries at the dam on Meredith Center road. They have a large woody stalk, with very strong stems holding the berries. With Emily's assistance, I learned they are Smooth Carrion Flower. Between the leaves and the berries, they are the food of Bear, Deer, Cottontail Rabbit, Turkey, Ruffled Grouse, and other animals - just another attraction for the diverse fauna around Lake Wicwas.
|Smooth Carrion Flower (Smilax herbacea)|
Linda found these delicate blue flowers right on the shoreline - I don't know what these are either - any ideas?
Linda also saw the three fawns last week, as well as a fourth fawn with them, but only saw one doe. Other than the birds, including several wood peckers hammering in the forest, and lots of turtles sunning on the mud flat, I didn't see much wildlife this week. But a large member of the weasel family came by the house, leaving a large twisted scat to mark his presence. Being over a 12 inches long, and full of hair, I'm guessing it was a Fisher.
|Fisher Cat Scat?|
Alas, another clear sign of fall: we took out the dock today. But the boat and kayaks are still in for fall tours around the lake.