Boundary Lake 21st July 2011

The following day we fought the wind and paddled up the two lakes above Nuk Tessli.  We hiked to Boundary Lake.

boundary lake july 21The flowers are all trying to bloom.  Here is a Butterwort, sometimes known as a Bog Violet although it is not related to violets at all.

butterwortButterworts are insect-eaters.  The bogs around Nuk Tessli are extremely acid.  Acidity ties up the nitrogen in the soil and the plants need to find nourishment elsewhere.  Small insects land on the sticky leaves and are unable to get away.  Enzymes in the glandular hairs that form a slimy surface to the leaves then digest them.

Another insect-eating plant en route to Boundary Lake is the long-leaved sundew.  In one bog it is extremely common.  Note the small bug stuck on one of the leaves.  Often I see dragonflies stuck there but this year no dragonflies have hatched yet.

long-leaved sundewThe current clients at Nuk Tessli are birders.  The birds have rarely sung this year, but they seem to be making babies all the same.  Here is a parent clark’s nutcracker with a full-grown young begging for food.

clark's nutcrackers

Sandpipers were at last being territorial.  First the solitary

solitary sandpiper And here is the spotted sandpiper.

spotted sandpiperA bedraggled yellow-rumped warbler was collecting food for his offspring.

yellow-rumped warblerHe is looking as fed up as we are with the rain.

One thought on “Boundary Lake 21st July 2011”

  1. Hi chris
    You are certainly having a late summer !! Hope things improve for you,
    All the best
    Colin

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