Marie Curtis Park: February 22, 2018 and some photos by Ken Sproule

0 degrees and overcast at the start

Bird Highlight: Wood Duck

Wood Duck (female)

Botany Highlight: Trembling Aspen

Trembling Aspen beginning to flower (Populus tremuloides)

Species list: Canada goose, mallard, American black duck, wood duck, lesser scaup, common goldeneye, bufflehead, red-breasted merganser, red-tailed hawk, ring-billed gull, greater black-backed gull, hairy woodpecker, downy woodpecker, American crow, black-capped chickadee, American robin, European starling, house sparrow, northern cardinal, song sparrow (singing).  (20 species)

White Spruce (Picea glauca)

White-winged Scoter

Deer scat

Queen Anne’s Lace (Daucus carota)

American Black Duck

Eastern Cottonwood leaf (Populus deltoides)

Common Goldeneyes

Red Ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica)

Miles Hearn

Some photos by Ken Sproule from February 21 at Humber Bay

Red-winged Blackbird


Ring-necked Duck (male: foreground) with Bufflehead (female)

Northern Cardinal (female)

                                           WINTER POETRY

The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

– Robert Frost (1874–1963)

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