Coltsfoot, Bloodroot and Skunk Cabbage in flower at Lambton Woods / April 17, 2019

Some people have been asking me if we have been having a late spring this year.

Here are some photos from this morning (8 degrees and sunny at the start):

Here are some photos from Lambton Woods exactly one year ago:

As you can see it was a colder spring last year at this time.

This morning we had three wildflower species in full bloom:

Skunk-cabbage (Symplocarpus foetidus)
Skunk-cabbage (Symplocarpus foetidus)
Coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara)
Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis)

Other plants which are coming up:

Trout-lily (Erythronium americanum)
Lesser Celandine (Ficaria verna)
Day-lily (Hemerocallis fulva)

Here is an Oriole’s nest from last year. It will not be used again:

Some flying birds:

Red-tailed hawk
American Crow

Species list: Canada goose, mallard, red-tailed hawk, herring gull, ring-billed gull, mourning dove, hairy woodpecker, red-bellied woodpecker, downy woodpecker, northern flicker, blue jay, American crow, black-capped chickadee, American robin, golden-crowned kinglet, red-winged blackbird, brown-headed cowbird, northern cardinal, dark-eyed junco, song sparrow.  (20 species)

Song Sparrow
Downy Woodpecker
Brown-headed Cowbird (male)
Red-winged Blackbird (male)

This morning’s group:


Gladness is born of the April weather,
And the heart is as light as a wind-tossed feather.
Who could be sad on a day like this?
The care that vexed us no longer is.       – Eben Eugene Rexford (1848–1916)

Miles Hearn

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