Col Sam Smith Park: March 6, 2018 and some photos by Lillian Natalizio

0 degrees, overcast and windy at the start

Bird Highlight: Snowy Owl

Snowy Owl (photo: Brian Whitefield)

Snowy Owl (photo: Brian Whitefield)

Snowy Owl

Snowy Owl

Botany Highlight: Sand Cherry

Sand Cherry (Prunus pumila)

Species list:  mute swan, Canada goose, mallard, American black duck, gadwall, greater scaup, common goldeneye, bufflehead, long-tailed duck, red-breasted merganser, ring-billed gull, mourning dove, snowy owl, American crow, black-capped chickadee, American robin, cedar waxwing, European starling, house sparrow, red-winged blackbird, northern cardinal, song sparrow.  (22 species)

Canada Goose

Mute Swan

Greater Scaup

Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)

Norway Spruce cone material

Red Pine (Pinus resinosa)

Red-breasted Mergansers (female)

Cedar Waxwing


Black Alder (Alnus glutinosa)


Miles Hearn

Some photos from Toronto Islands, March 2 by Lillian Natalizio:

Hairy Woodpecker

Mallard (male)

Willow Buds

Golden Weeping Willow

Redheads, Scaup, Goldeneyes, Mallard and a Swan

                                     WINTER POETRY

The stormy March is come at last,
With wind, and cloud, and changing skies;
I hear the rushing of the blast
That through the snowy valley flies.

– William Cullen Bryant (1794–1878)


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