Greetings from Wabatong! I hope that you are doing well on this lovely June day. I have some thrilling news to share with you all. I am so excited my fingers just can’t seem to type fast enough!
Wilderness Islands would like to take the time to welcome some new additions to our wildlife family. I would like to begin by telling you about the largest family to grace us here at the resort. On island two we have a female ruffed grouse who is now mothering 11 chicks! Welcome to the world little ones.
For those of you who may have never seen a ruffed grouse before they are a large, chicken-like bird that have a colour range of red-brown, to gray-brown. They have a fan-shaped tail with a broad black band near the tip. Being secretive birds they generally are not seen until they are startled. You will find these birds on the ground or in the understory of deciduous or mixed woodlands.
While you were out in the woods have you ever heard what sounds like an ATV trying to start up but stopping short? This is the sound of a grouse beating its wings on its favourite drumming log, or rock. Ruffed grouse are docile birds however caution should be taken when approaching a mother and her young. As like any wild animal it is best to give them their space and admire their beauty from afar.
The second addition to our family comes all the way from bear point. We have a female black bear who is mothering twin cubs. Let me tell you, they are absolutely darling! Mom and twins have been spotted by staff here at the resort as well as guests. What a sight to see. The cubs will stay with their mother for about 17 months at which point they will leave home to find territory of their own. You should never try to approach a black bear, especially a mother who has cubs with her. Please use caution when admiring these wonderful animals.
Well that’s it for me. I hope this post finds you well. Before I go I would like to invite you to share any baby stories that you might have. We sure would love to hear about it.
There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society, where none intrudes,
By the deep sea, and music in its roar:
I love not man the less, but Nature more,
From these our interviews, in which I steal
From all I may be, or have been before,
To mingle with the Universe, and feel
What I can ne’er express, yet cannot all conceal.
— George Gordon, Lord Byron
From Errington’s Wilderness Island Resort www.WildernessIsland.com