Everything seems to be moving so fast; the first of the berries are now showing. That fact brings my buddies the Cedar Waxwings, who love the edible berries. They survive on insects until the berries come into season. They're as sociable as their cousins the Bohemian Waxwings, which we're fortunate to have also. Fruit even enters into the courtship of these birds. Cornell said that sometimes these birds consume fermented berries, and end up in an alcoholic haze. Do you suppose they drink and fly?
I posted some photos of the Bohemians to show you the difference. The photos were taken in the winter when a flock of 100 or more descended on the remains of the crab apple trees where I live.
Looking at the photos below which are Cedar Waxwings, the most noticeable difference is the red under the tail area, followed by more ornate wing flashing's.
Amazing, the Bohemians are just a little more than the Cedars.
|No Red Under the Tail.|
|Shows Wing Markings.|
So in answer to the questions of can you kayak or canoe the Vermilon River? Yes right to its source about 400-500 miles to the NE of me, or to the south yes right to Lake Huron where it ultimately goes. To the north you can push on right to James Bay. Are you going to see anyone? Maybe to the south some, but to the north certainly not many. Do people do it? Not the ones from here, although some will snowmobile a bit of it. Why don't they? Because they don't like the forest, and because their ATVs run out of gas, and because it's dangerous if you're not careful. Have I done it? Before my accident a bit of it; I can't sit a canoe now for any lenght of time. Besides if you're taking photos you're not going to go far because there is so much to see. I remember an old bush pilot telling me of a Professor from U of T that he use to fly in every year who canoed back. But that's rare. Are there guides? Sure not around here. ATV riders follow the trails at a fast clip, and don't see much or really go far. So there is no need for guides. Could you find one? I expect so from adjacent areas.
I put this information in so you would have some perspective of the area in which I am fortunate to live. I am not promoting low populations, but I am promoting informed populations who conserve and savour what they have. If you think I'm hard on the local residents, perhaps so. But in the end they suffer in such terrible ways. The incidence of cancer is high, aggravated by high smoking rates, obesity runs wild caused by bad food and lack of exercise. How much exercise is there in riding an ATV. They and their children are poor swimmers in an area of almost unlimited lakes and rivers. Booze and drugs are a problem and education is undervalued, because of the longtime availability of unskilled jobs which is now declining. There is then a jerk job which even if it is paid well limits the ability to enjoy leisure in a healthy way, and their children. Status is derived from whatever the TV ads say is cool, another reason to own a big truck, an ATV,a big boat.They and their children are regularly injured or killed in accidents involving mechanized vehicles. Sound familiar? Because it's just not here is it?
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