Turkey Vultures at Beechwood / Don Valley: April 23, 2019

When I was a child you had to travel to Milton to see a Turkey Vulture (you had to travel to Sault-Ste.-Marie to see a Cormorant). These days I see T.V.’s regularly in the Don Valley. Here are 2 from this morning:

Turkey Vultures
Turkey Vulture

Bird numbers are highly variable at this time of year. We had 21 species a few days ago and 15 today on this 12 degree partly cloudy (at the beginning) morning.

Species list: double-crested cormorant, mallard, turkey vulture, red-tailed hawk, ring-billed gull, downy woodpecker, hairy woodpecker, American robin, ruby-crowned kinglet,  red-winged blackbird, brown-headed cowbird, northern cardinal, house finch, American goldfinch, song sparrow.  (15 species)

Song Sparrow
Downy Woodpecker (female)

Scenes from the park:

Raccoon
English Garden Snail shell

I have 2 photos of today’s group as we were missing a few at the start:

Spring new growth is everywhere now:

Virginia Waterleaf (Hydrophyllum virginiana)
Early Meadow-rue (Thalictrum dioicum)
Canada Goldenrod (Solidago canadensis)
Beaked Hazel (Corylus cornuta)
Zigzag Goldenrod (Solidago flexicaulis)
Trillium (Trillium grandiflorum)
Trout-lily (Erythronium americanum)
Wild Geranium (Geranium maculatum)
May-apple (Podophyllum peltatum)
Buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica)
Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis)

NATURE POETRY

This is the time we dock the night
Of a whole hour of candlelight;
When song of linnet and thrush is heard—
And love stirs in the heart of a bird.     – Katharine Tynan (1861–1931)

Miles Hearn

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