A Bird in the Hand / High Park: January 16, 2019

Though there isn’t much snow on the ground, the strong winds, light snow at the beginning and 0 degrees temperature made it feel like winter for this morning’s walkers:

The best place in Toronto for birds to feed from our hands is Ashbridge’s Bay but we had some hungry Chickadees this morning in High Park.

If you have some time and want to feed birds by hand and see Wild Turkeys up close, the best place is Lynde Shores just west of Whitby.

Here are some other birds from this morning:

House Sparrow (female)
Rock Pigeon
Mallards
Hairy Woodpecker (male)

Oaks are very common in High Park; especially the Black Oak:

Black Oak (Quercus velutina)

The ground under some of the Ginkgo trees is laden with fruit:

Ginkgo fruit (Ginkgo biloba)

I got poor photos of these two as well but include both because the Phoebe is seldom seen in January and you have to be fortunate to see a Coyote:

Eastern Phoebe
Coyote

NATURE POETRY

The winds are out with loud increasing shout,
Where late before them walked the biting frost;
Whirling the leaves in their wild sport about,
And strewing twig and limb are path acrost.  

– Jones Very (1813–80)

Miles Hearn

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