Toronto Islands: March 2, 2018

0 degrees and overcast at the start

Bird Highlight: Red-breasted Merganser

Red-breasted Merganser (male)

Botany Highlight: Highbush Cranberry

Highbush Cranberry (Viburnum opulus)

Species list: mute swan, Canada goose, mallard, American black duck, redhead, lesser scaup, common goldeneye, bufflehead, long-tailed duck, hooded merganser, common merganser, red-breasted merganser, herring gull, ring-billed gull, mourning dove, hairy woodpecker,  downy woodpecker, blue jay, black-capped chickadee, white-breasted nuthatch,  American robin, European starling, house sparrow, red-winged blackbird, common grackle, northern cardinal, house finch, American goldfinch.  (28 species)

Long-tailed Duck (male)

Sycamore Maple (Acer pseudoplatanus)

Common Goldeneyes

Ground Ivy (Glechoma hederacea)

Lesser Scaup and Redhead

Mourning Dove

House Sparrow (male)

Miles Hearn

                                               WINTER POETRY

The night’s drifts
Pile up below me and behind my back,
Slide down the hill, rise again, and build
Eerie little dunes on the roof of the house.

–James Wright (1927–1980)

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