Oshawa Second Marsh
Blog Posts Last update: August 4th, 2016 November 2nd, 2016 Because of the invasive Emerald Ash Borer, access to the marsh is now limited. There is a potential danger to the public of falling trees. Because of that, I will not be posting to this blog very often now. This page is to record what I've seen at Second Marsh. It's not a scientific approach nor a particularly methodical one. I've become very interested in the marsh personally and have made it a project for myself. Rather than organize my images by subject, I've chosen to organize them by time, the idea being to show how things in the marsh change through the seasons. I have many images of the wildflowers in the marsh, some of the insects and wildlife that I was lucky enough to photograph and some general shots of the marsh as well. It's pretty easy to capture images of wildflowers but wildlife is quite another matter. It's all about being in the right place at the right time. So what I capture is of course only representative of some of the wildlife you might see in the marsh. There are many more species there than the few I have images of. I also have a photo blog where I post images from the marsh (amongst other places) but I thought I'd place links to my blog that pertain to the marsh in one place, for my own use and for anyone else that might be interested. Link to my blog >>> rgbell.blogspot.com I would like to thank Gerry Ernest, John Foster and Doug Lockrey for their help in identifying wildflowers, fungi, etc. on my blog. Without their considerable knowledge of botany I would not have been able to identify many of the species that I posted on the blog. The following table lists links to posts from my blog (that include IDs and comments) and in most cases, also a link to an album of only the images themselves. If you find any errors or have problems with any links, please email me at bob@rgbell.ca I hope that some of you will find this page of some interest.
Bob Bell

I have two other blogs related to Second Marsh. One is strictly the wildflowers that I've photographed in the marsh. If you're interested, here's the link >>> Wildflowers of 2nd Marsh

The second one is strictly fungi that I've photographed in the marsh.
Here's the link to that one >>>
Fungi of 2nd Marsh
Quick Links:    June 2011   January 2012   June 2012   January 2013     January 2014     January 2015      January 2016
  Blog Entry Album of Images Images include...
 2011  
1 April 12th, 2011 Woodfrog, Garter Snake, Deer
2 April 19th, 2011 Lichens, Moss, Mute Swans, General Motors HQ
3 April 27th, 2011 (Post 1) April 27th - Post 1 images Horsetail, Garter Snake, Chickadee, Nuthatch, Downy Wodpecker, Mayapples, Mallards, Goose on nest, Snail, Robin, Mute Swans
4 April 27th, 2011 (Post 2) April 27th - Post 2 images Galls
5 April 30th, 2011   Midges, Wilkinson's Pond
6 2nd Marsh, Lynde Shores CA, Thickson's Woods
May 7th, 2011
  LYNDE SHORES: Mallards ("on glass"),Chipmunk, Mayapples, Trout Lily
THICKSON'S: Marsh Marigolds, Bloodroot, Horsetail & fungus, Dandelions with ants, Burdock
2ND MARSH: Wood Ducks in tree! Fungus & Horsetail, Dandelions with ants, Burdock, Vernal pool
7 2nd Marsh & Oshawa Harbour
May 14th, 2011
May 14th images OSHAWA HARBOUR: Foggy day -- Couple on beach, Seagull
2ND MARSH: Fungus, Toothwort, Jack-in-the-Pulpit, the Boardwalk, Wood Violets, Fog in channel, Goose family, Trillium, Snail, Mayapples, Nuthatch, Willow tree catkins, Dandelion, Moss in bloom, view from Farewell Creek bridge, Garlic Mustard, Dryad's Saddle fungus
8 2nd Marsh & McLaughlin Bay WR
May 22nd, 2011
May 22nd images MCLAUGHLIN BAY: Crabapple tree blossoms, Red-wing Blackbird
2ND MARSH: Dryad's Saddle fungus, Mayapples, Yellow Ladyslippers, Marsh Blue Violet, Snail, Foamflower, Wild Geranium, False Solomon's Seal
9 May 26th, 2011 (Post 1) May 26th - Post 1 images Deer, Mayapples, Fungus, Wild Strawberries, Dwarf Yellow Ladyslippers
10 May 26th, 2011 (Post 2) Wild Geraniums
11 May 30th, 2011 May 30th images Wild Geraniums, Beaver, Fungus
12 June 2nd, 2011 June 2nd images Turtles, Mayapples, Birdsfoot Trefoil, Dame's Rocket, Farewell Creek from Bridge
13 June 15th, 2011 June 15th images Buttercups, Jewelwing Damsel Fly, Yellow Flag Iris, Cow Parsnip, Leaf miners, Common Fleabane, Blackberry, Dame's Rocket
14 June 20th, 2011 June 20th images Cow Parsnip, Forget-Me-Nots, Yellow & Blue Flag Iris, Cattails in bloom, Canada Anemone, Fleabane, Fungus, Purple Flowering Raspberry
15 June 24th, 2011 June 24th images Cow Parsnip, Leaf miners, Mayapples, 12-Spotted Dragon Fly, Ostrich Fern, Yellow Flag Iris, Hedge Bindweed, Cow Vetch, Daisies, Birdsfoot Trefoil, Wild Parsnip, Chicory, Turtles
16 June 27th, 2011 June 27th images Milkweed blossom, lost cat
17 July 3rd, 2011 July 3rd images Eggs on leaves, Canada Anemone, Red Baneberry berries, Water Lilies, Queen Anne's Lace, Cattails with M & F parts, Turtle
18 July 10th, 2011 July 10th images Fringed Loosestrife, Purple Flowering Raspberry, Hedge Bindweed, Queen Anne's Lace, Water Hemlock, Red-Seeded Dandelion, Rough Hedge-Nettle, Water Lilies, Blue Vervain, Tall Meadow Rue, Toad
19 July 16th, 2011 July 16th images Mallards, Day Lily, Red Baneberry berries, Touch-Me-Not (Jewelweed), Question Mark Butterfly
20 July 23rd, 2011 July 23rd images Boardwalk (condition of), Red-Seeded Dandelion seed heads, Joe-Pye-Weed, Purple Loosestrife, Water Hemlock, Question Mark Butterfly, Wild Burdock, Bull Thistle, young Whitetail Deer
21 August 4th, 2011 August 4th images Himalayan Balsam, Red-Seeded Dandelion, Queen Anne's Lace, American Goldfinch, Monarch Butterfly, Great Blue Herons, Hedge Bindweed, Black Swallowtail Butterfly, Kingfisher
22 August 10th, 2011 August 10th images Wild Cucumber, White Baneberry (Doll's Eyes), Wood Nettle, Himalayan Balsam, Great Blue Herons, Wooly Bear, Joe-Pye-Weed, Red Baneberry, Meadowhawk & Common Whitetail Flies, Goldfinches
23 August 18th, 2011 August 18th images Great Blue Herons, Cormorant, Great Egret, Cabbage White Butterfly, Himalayan Balsam, the Boardwalk, Wild Cucumber, Queen Anne's Lace ("bird's nest"), Fungi, Farewell Creek
24 2nd Marsh & McLaughlin Bay Wildlife Reserve
August 26th, 2011
  2ND MARSH: Midge clouds, Touch-Me-Not, High-bush Cranberries, Arrowhead Water Plants, Cormorants in channel, Fungi
MCLAUGHLIN BAY WR: Green Heron, Mallards, High-bush Cranberries, Purple-flowering Raspberry, Mountain Ash berries
25 September 2nd, 2011 September 2nd images Wildflowers on the berm, Himalayan Balsam, Goldenrod, Canada Geese, Midland Painted Turtles, Farewell & Harmony Creeks
26 September 11th, 2011 September 11th images Jack-in-the-Pulpit berries, New England & Calico Asters, Grasshopper, Cormorants, Canada Geese, Touch-Me-Not, White Snakeroot, White Turtlehead, Coral Fungus, Turkeytail Fungus
27 September 24th, 2011 September 24th images Jerusalem Artichoke, Himalayan Balsam, Monarch Butterflies, Wild Cucumber,the Berm, Great Blue Herons, Berries, Fungus
28 October 11th, 2011 October 11th images Boardwalk, Beaver Pond, Himalayan Balsam, Fungi, Jerusalem Artichoke, Wild Cucumber, Berries, Berm, Forget-Me-Nots, Chicory, New England Asters, Bees & Goldenrod, Farewell Creek from bridge, Farewell & Harmony Creeks merging
29 October 23rd, 2011 October 23rd images Fungi, Path, Boardwalk, Bees, Monarch Butterflies, Himalayan Balsam, Beaver Pond, Wild Cucumber, Moss
30 November 1st, 2011 November 1st images Fungi, Red-legged grasshopper, Oak leaves, Boardwalk, Beaver Pond, Great Blue Herons, Nuthatches, Tamarack
31 December 4th, 2011 December 4th images Nuthatches, Downy Woodpeckers, Garlic Mustard, Farewell Creek from bridge
 2012  
32 January 10th, 2012 January 10th images Beaver Pond, vernal pools "to be", Fungi, Farewell Creek from bridge, Wild Cucumber pods, a new camera (not mine), Geese, Highbush Cranberry berries, main marsh area
33 January 13th, 2012 January 13th images Farewell Creek from bridge, the bridge itself
34 January 21st, 2012 January 21st images Farewell Creek Through the Seasons
35 February 16th, 2012 February 16th images Whitetail deer, Fungi, Chickadees, Nuthatch, Downy Woodpecker, Black Knot, Squirrel, Moss, Beaver's handiwork, general images of the marsh
36 March 4th, 2012 March 4th images Mosses, Vernal pools (frozen), Farewell Creek, Fungi, "Beaver tree", Lichens
37 March 14th, 2012 March 14th images Chickadee, Nuthatch, Downy, Song Sparrow, Geese, Mourning Dove, American Coots, Coltsfoot, Wooly Bear, plants on berm, Lake Ontario, Speckled Alder, Beaver Pond algae
38 March 24th, 2012 March 24th images Canada Geese, Great Blue Heron, Coltsfoot, Mallards, Mosses, Fungus, Farewell Creek, new growth, Hawk, Forsythia
39 April 9th, 2012 April 9th images Mayapples, Trout Lilies, Horsetail, Downy, Chickadee, Nuthatch, Canada Geese, new growth, Mosses, Coltsfoot Dandelions, Pussy Willow
40 April 26th, 2012 April 26th images Garlic Mustard, Mayapples, Trout Lilies, Horsetail, Nuthatch, Chipmunk, Fiddleheads, the Boardwalk, early-blooming wildflowers
41 April 30th, 2012 April 30th images Fire at the marsh
42 May 13th, 2012 May 13th images Fire update, Trumpeter Swans, Turtles, Canada Goose & goslings, Mayapples, Red-wing Blackbird, Dryad's Saddle fungus, Wood Violets, Red Admiral butterflies, Cowbirds, Dandelions, Yellow Ladyslipper
43 May 30th, 2012 May 30th images Dame's Rocket, Dwarf Yellow Ladyslipper, Yellow Flag Iris, Wild Geranium, Multi-flora Rose, Canada Anemone, Cottontails
44 June 14th, 2012 June 14th images Dame's Rocket,Blue Flag Iris, Wild Geranium, Canada Anemone, Fungi, Cow Vetch, Birds-foot Trefoil, Water Lily Field Bindweed, Fleabane, Tiger-tail & Monarch butterflies, trees down on boardwalk
45 June 28th, 2012 June 28th images Drunk Robins, Dame's Rocket, Birds-foot Trefoil, Arrowhead Waterplant, Red Admiral butterfly, Chicory, Wild Parsmip, Jewelweed, Fringed Loosestrife, Queen Anne's Lace, Red-seeded Dandelion, Oxeye daisy
46 July 15th, 2012 July 15th images Wild Parsmip, Jewelweed, Fringed Loosestrife, Queen Anne's Lace, Painted Lady butterfly, Himalayan Balsam, state of the boardwalk, fallen trees, Farewel Creek from bridge
47 August 5th, 2012 August 5th images Himalayan Balsam, Field Bindweed, Monarch butterfly, Milkweed seed pods, Purple Loosestrife, Fungi, Bull Thistle, Wild Cucumber, Cattails, Red-seeded Dandelion, Water Lilies, Main marsh area, berries
48 August 27th, 2012 August 27th images Himalayan Balsam & Bees, Monarch butterfly, Fungi, Wild Cucumber, Land Snails, Beaver Pond boardwalk
49 October 6th, 2012 October 6th images Nuthatch, New England Aster, Himalayan Balsam, Jerusalem Artichoke, Fungi, Boardwalk shots, Field Bindweed, Milkweed pod, Chicory, Great Blue Herons, Leaves, Beaver Pond
50 November 3rd, 2012 November 3rd images Boardwalk repair & volunteers, Fungi, Milkweed pods, Nuthatch, Beaver Pond, Galls, Tulip tree leaf, Lake Ontario
51 November 28th, 2012 November 28th images Turkey Tails, Milkweed pod, Chickadee, Beaver Pond, Lake Ontario, Beaver 'dam' by lake, Common Reed Grass
52 December 14th, 2012 December 14th images Beavers, shells, Wooly Bear, Dandelions
 2013  
53 January 4th, 2013 January 4th images Robins, Farewell & Harmony Creeks
54 January 14th, 2013 January 14th images Swans, Beaver, Farewell Creek, along the berm, grasses
55 February 9th, 2013 February 9th images Beaver, Farewell Creek
56 March 25th, 2013 March 25th images Beaver, Fungus, Geese
57 April 26th, 2013 April 26th images Turtles, Coltsfoot, Trout Lilies, Turkey Vultures, Moss
58 May 31st & June 12th, 2013 May 31st & June 12th images Dwarf Yellow Ladyslippers, Frog, Vernal pools, Mayapples, Willow catkins, Daisies
59 July 11th, 2013 July 11th images Drunk Robins, Milkweed, vernal pools, Red-seeded Dandelion, White Sweet Clover, thick marsh growth, Lake Ontario Wild Geranium, GM platform, along the berm, turtle-nest covers
60 August 15th, 2013 August 15th images Red-seeded Dandelion, Himalayan Balsam, Great Blue Herons, Monarch, Field bindweed, Farewell & Harmony creeks, Wild Cucumber, Joe-Pye Weed, Chicory
61 September 26th, 2013 September 26th images Cormorants, Turtles, Fungi, Jerusalem Artichoke, Himalayan Balsam, Spider, Monarch, Wild Cucumber
62 November 3rd, 2013 November 3rd images Nuthatches, Fungi, Wild Cucumber, Whitetail doe, late wildflowers, Mallard male in moult, Horsetail
63 December 27th, 2013 December 27th images Farewell Creek & bridge, Sumach & Manitoba maple seed pods, geese, buds in winter
 2014  
64 January 25th, 2014 January 25th images Snowy Owl, Trumpeter Swans, berm & channel, Milkweed, trees after ice storm
65 March 9th, 2014 March 9th images Lake Ontario, Fishermen, Chickadees, Canada Geese, Fungus, the berm, Yellow Cane
66 April 12th, 2014 April 12th images Turtle, mink, fungus, birdhouses, vernal pools, general shots
67 May 6th, 2014 May 6th images Turtles, vernal pools, Baltimore Oriole, Mayapples, Trout Lilies, Horsetail, Fiddleheads, Chickadees, Downies, Nuthatches
68 May 21st, 2014 May 21st images Vernal pools, Mayapples, Trout Lilies, Horsetail, Ostrich fern, state of the boardwalk, Dryad's Saddle fungus, Turtle
69 June 11th, 2014 June 11th, 2014 images Mayapples, Dwarf Yellow Ladyslippers, Trumpeter swans, Dame's Rocket, Baltimore Oriole, golden Dragonfly, Ring-billed Gulls, Fungus
70 July 23rd, 2014 July 23rd, 2014 images Mayapples, Fungus, Fringed Loosestrife, Purple-flowered Raspberry, Eastern Swallowtail & Red Admiral butterfliesDoll's Eyes, Field Bindweed, Bull Thistle, boardwalk, Joe Pye Weed, Touch-Me-Not
71 August 13th, 2014 August 13th, 2014 images Fungus, Purple Loosestrife, Eastern Swallowtail, Monarch & Red Admiral butterflies, Joe Pye Weed, Touch-Me-Not, Silverweed, Land Snail, Chicory, Heron, Cormorants, Leaf Miners, Yellow Caterpillar, Burdock
72 September 30th, 2014 September 30th, 2014 images Fungus, Monarch butterflies, Chicory, Cormorants, Himalayan Balsam, Trumpeter Swan, Jerusalem Balsam
73 November 5th, 2014 November 5th, 2014 images Fungi, Nuthatch, Geese, Red Oak, Wild Cucumber pods
74 December 13th, 2014 December 13th, 2014 images Chickadees, White-breasted Nuthatch, Fungi, Goldeneyes, marsh pools, Lake Ontario, Yellow Cane
 2015  
75 February 3rd, 2015 February 3rd, 2015 images Chickadees, White-breasted Nuthatch, Lake Ontario, White-crowned Sparrow
76 March 8th, 2015 March 8th, 2015 images Brown-headed Cowbirds
77 April 3rd, 2015 April 3rd, 2015 images Hairy Woodpecker, fungi, Lake Ontario, Ghost Road Bush, general shots
78 April 30th, 2015 April 30th, 2015 images Trout Lily, Mayapples, Turtles, Horsetail, Chickadee at nest hole, Spring Azure, Manitoba Maple blossoms
79 May 24th, 2015 May 24th, 2015 images Mayapples, Turtles, Small Yellow Ladyslipper orchids, Trumpeter, Puffballs, Toad, various
80 June 25th, 2015 June 25th, 2015 images Egrets, Swans, Cow Parsnip, Bird's Foot Trefoil, Spittlebug 'foam', Boardwalk
81 July 25th, 2015 July 25th, 2015 images Wild Parsnip, Joe-Pye Weed, Chicory, Red Admiral, Lake Ontario, Bird's Foot Trefoil, along the berm
82 August 22nd, 2015 August 22nd, 2015 images Wild Parsnip, Joe-Pye Weed, Chicory, Lake Ontario, Cormorants, Purple Loosestrife, Queen Anne's Lace, Himalayan Balsam, Milkweed, Wild Cucumber, Touch-Me-Not, Silverweed
83 September 20th, 2015 September 20th, 2015 images Jerusalem Artichoke, Monarchs, Turtles, Lake Ontario, Himalayan Balsam, Touch-Me-Not, a Ladybug washup
84 November 3rd, 2015 November 3rd, 2015 images Fungi(many), turtles, Wild Cucummber pods, Milkweed, Dandelion, Horsetail, Boardwalk repair/Volunteers
 2016  
85 January 3rd, 2016 January 3rd, 2016 images Chickadees, White-breasted Nuthatches, snow :-), Ghost Road Bush, frozen vernal pools
86 March 9th, 2016 March 9th, 2016 images Chickadees, Trumpeter Swans, various
87 April 29th, 2016 April 29th, 2016 images Nuthatch, Chickadee, Deer, Mayapples, Trout Lilies
88 May 25th, 2016 May 25th, 2016 images Dwarf Yellow Ladyslippers, Dryad's Saddle, branch design, Mayapples, Ostrich Fern
89 July 31st, 2016 July 31st, 2016 images Joe-Pye weed, Ghost Road Bush closure, Mayapples, Wild Carrot, Milkweed, Wild Cucumber, Daisies
If you're interested in Second Marsh, you may also be interested in the Friends of Second Marsh web site >>> Friends of 2nd Marsh

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