Humber Bay: May 4, 2018


11 degrees and fog at the start

Bird Highlight: Red-winged Blackbird

Red-winged Blackbird (female)

Red-winged Blackbird (male)

Botany Highlight: Cottonwood

Cottonwood flowers (Populus deltoides)

Cottonwood bud covers

Species list: red-necked grebe,  double-crested cormorant, mute swan, trumpeter swan, Canada goose, mallard, lesser scaup, bufflehead,  long-tailed duck, ring-billed gull, common tern, rock pigeon, belted kingfisher, hairy woodpecker, eastern kingbird,  tree swallow, barn swallow, black-capped chickadee, gray catbird,  American robin, hermit thrush, ruby-crowned kinglet, European starling, warbling vireo, yellow warbler, yellow-rumped warbler, chestnut-sided warbler, house sparrow, red-winged blackbird, common grackle, brown-headed cowbird, Baltimore oriole, northern cardinal, American goldfinch, chipping sparrow, white-throated sparrow, song sparrow.  (37 species)

Bufflehead (female)

Linden (Tilia cordata)

American Robin

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Northern Cardinal (male)

sky full of Midges


Staghorn Sumac (Rhus typhina) covered in Midges

Sea-buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides)

Eastern Kingbird

Greater Scaup

Baltimore Oriole

Brown-headed Cowbird (female)

Long-tailed Duck (male)

Tree Swallow

American Goldfinch (male)

Miles Hearn

                                              NATURE POETRY

Again the blackbirds sing; the streams
Wake, laughing, from their winter dreams,
And tremble in the April showers
The tassels of the maple flowers.

– John Greenleaf Whittier (1807–92)

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