A Wych Elm and Lots of Snow / Bluffs: January 29, 2019

The radio informed me that the last time that Toronto had this much snowfall in one day, the Toronto Maple Leafs were reigning Stanley Cup champions. That was in the 60’s. I know. I went to each of the parades.

Here are some scenes from this sunny and -7 degree morning:

St Augustine’s Seminary
Willows
Wych Elm (Ulmus glabra)

Wych Elm is a European species that often grows in wild areas. The younger bark appears blue / gray in colour.

Here are the birds that I was able to photograph:

American Tree Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco (male)
European Starling
European Starling
Blue Jay
Trumpeter Swans
Trumpeter Swan
Rock Pigeons
Canada Geese
Canada Geese
Great Black-backed Gull (juvenile) with Ring-bills
Herring Gull (centre) with Ring-bills


Today’s group

Bird list: trumpeter swan, Canada goose, mallard, great black-backed gull, herring gull, ring-billed gull, red-tailed hawk, mourning dove, rock pigeon, blue jay, white-breasted nuthatch, black-capped chickadee, European starling, house sparrow, northern cardinal, American tree sparrow.  (16 species)

NATURE POETRY

Now see stern Winter nearer draw,
Sol’s feeble rays refuse to thaw.      

  – William Cole (1919–2000)

Miles Hearn

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