Humber Bay: May 12, 2018

   

11 degrees and overcast at the start

Bird Highlight: Double-crested Cormorant

Double-crested Cormorant

Double-crested Cormorant

Double-crested Cormorants

Botany Highlight: Periwinkle

Periwinkle (Vinca minor)

Species list: red-necked grebe,  double-crested cormorant, green heron,  mute swan,  Canada goose, mallard, long-tailed duck, red-breasted merganser, ring-billed gull, common tern, Caspian tern, rock pigeon, belted kingfisher, hairy woodpecker, downy woodpecker,  tree swallow, barn swallow, rough-winged swallow, gray catbird,  American robin, European starling, warbling vireo, yellow warbler, yellow-rumped warbler, black and white warbler, house sparrow, red-winged blackbird, Baltimore oriole, common grackle, brown-headed cowbird, northern cardinal, American goldfinch, white-crowned sparrow, white-throated sparrow, song sparrow.  (35 species)

Pussy Willow (Salix babylonica)

Song Sparrow

Caspian Tern with fish

Ring-billed Gull

Apple Blossoms

Cherry Blossom

Mallard (male)

House Sparrow (male) on Tree Swallow box

Gray Catbird

White-crowned Sparrow

Shovels ready for group planting

Black and White Warbler

Cursed Crowsfoot (Ranunculus sceleratus)

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Barn Swallow

Northern Cardinal (female)

Brown-headed Cowbird (female)

Miles Hearn

                                               NATURE POETRY

The grass of spring covers the prairies,
The bean bursts noiselessly through the mould in the garden,
The delicate spear of the onion pierces upward,
The apple-buds cluster together on the apple-branches.

– Walt Whitman (1819–92)

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