Toronto Islands: February 13, 2018

-6 degrees and overcast at the start

Bird Highlight: American Robin

American Robin

Botany Highlight: Horse Chestnut

Horse Chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum)

Species list: Canada goose, mallard, American black duck, lesser scaup, common goldeneye, bufflehead, long-tailed duck, red-breasted merganser, herring gull, ring-billed gull, mourning dove, hairy woodpecker, downy woodpecker, blue jay, American crow, black-capped chickadee, white-breasted nuthatch, American robin, house sparrow,  northern cardinal, American goldfinch.  (21 species)

Red-breasted Merganser (female)

Long-tailed Duck (male)

Common Goldeneyes

Candleflame Lichen (yellow) and Sunburst Lichen (orange)

Hairy Woodpecker (female)

Eastern Gray Squirrel

Eastern Hemlock (Tsuga canadensis)

Eastern Coyote

Miles Hearn

                                             WINTER POETRY

The sprawling Bear
Growled deep in the sky;
And Orion’s hair
Streamed sparkling by:
But the North sighed low,
“Snow, snow, more snow!”

–Walter de la Mare (1873–1956)

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