Fiddleheads and White-throated Sparrow at Sunnybrook Park / May 1, 2019
After a night and early morning of steady rain, the showers stopped about 15 minutes before the commencement of our walk in 7 degree, overcast and windy conditions. More like March than the first of May.
Unlike the month of March however, the woods are full of emerging wildflowers and other growths. Here are some of them:
Certain areas have lots of Fiddleheads. Fiddleheads are the furled fronds of young ferns, These are Ostrich Ferns:
This morning’s group:
Rain and wind kept our bird list down:
Species list: double-crested cormorant, mallard, turkey vulture, ring-billed gull, belted kingfisher, pileated woodpecker, downy woodpecker, tree swallow, blue jay, American crow, red-breasted nuthatch, black-capped chickadee, American robin, ruby-crowned kinglet, European starling, yellow-rumped warbler, red-winged blackbird, brown-headed cowbird, northern cardinal, American goldfinch, white-throated sparrow, song sparrow. (22 species)
Some park scenes:
The Merry Cuckoo, Messenger of Spring
By Edmund Spenser (1552?–1599)
THE MERRY Cuckoo, messenger of Spring, His trumpet shrill hath thrice already sounded; That warns all lovers wait upon their king, Who now is coming forth with garland crownèd. With noise whereof the quire of birds resounded Their anthems sweet devisèd of Love’s praise; That all the woods their echoes back rebounded, As if they knew the meaning of their lays But ’mongst them all which did Love’s honour raise, No word was heard of her that most it ought: But she his precept idly disobeys, And doth his idle message set at nought. Therefore, O Love, unless she turn to thee Ere Cuckoo end, let her a rebel be!