Brown Creeper at Lambton Woods / February 20, 2019

The Brown Creeper is not common but can be found at any time of year in the Toronto area. It generally starts its creeping at the base of a tree and continues upward. I have seen them creeping up gravestones. They are very small and delicate, with a long tail and a slender, curved bill:

Brown Creeper
Brown Creeper
Brown Creeper
Brown Creeper

The amazing Skunk Cabbage is already in flower here:

Skunk-cabbage (Symplocarpus foetidus)

Some scenes from the park:

Canada Geese

Today’s group on this -6 degree overcast morning:

Some of the birds that I was able to photograph:

Common Goldeneye (male)
Common Goldeneye (female)
Mourning Doves
Dark-eyed Junco (male)
Dark-eyed Junco (female)
White-throated Sparrow
Buffleheads
Hooded Merganser (male)
Downy Woodpecker (female)
Blue Jay
left: Mallard (male) upper: Mallard (female) right: American Black Duck (male)
Common Mergansers
left to right: Common merganser (female), Common merganser (female), Hooded Merganser (male), Common Merganser (male)

Species list: Canada goose, mallard, American black duck, bufflehead, common merganser, common goldeneye, mourning dove, red-bellied woodpecker, hairy woodpecker, downy woodpecker, blue jay, American crow, black-capped chickadee, white-breasted nuthatch, brown creeper, house sparrow, northern cardinal,  dark-eyed junco, white-throated sparrow. (19 species)

NATURE POETRY

Sounds of the winter too,
Sunshine upon the mountains—many a distant strain
From cheery railroad train—from nearer field, barn, house.   – Walt Whitman (1819–92)

Miles Hearn

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