Toronto Islands: April 5, 2018

-3 degrees and sun / cloud mix at the start

Bird Highlight: Horned Grebe

Horned Grebe

Botany Highlight: Linden

Linden (Tilia cordata)

Species list: horned grebe, double-crested cormorant, mute swan, Canada goose, mallard, American black duck, lesser scaup, common goldeneye, bufflehead, long-tailed duck, common merganser, red-breasted merganser, Cooper’s hawk, ring-billed gull, mourning dove, downy woodpecker, blue jay,  black-capped chickadee, red-breasted nuthatch, winter wren,  American robin, golden-crowned kinglet, European starling, house sparrow, red-winged blackbird, common grackle, brown-headed cowbird, northern cardinal, house finch, American goldfinch, dark-eyed junco, song sparrow.  (32 species)

Mute Swan

American Robin

Canada Goose

Mourning Dove

Common Grackle

Lesser Scaup

Brown-headed Cowbird (male)

Song Sparrow

Downy Woodpecker (female)

Long-tailed Duck (male)

Miles Hearn

                                       NATURE POETRY

All Nature seems at work. Slugs leave their lair—
The bees are stirring—birds are on the wing—
And Winter slumbering in the open air,
Wears on his smiling face a dream of Spring!

– Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772–1834)

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