Cedar Waxwings at Beechwood / Don Valley: June 26, 2019

A really lovely morning of 24 degrees and sunshine.

Don River views:

Lots of wildflowers out today:

Leafy Spurge (Euphorbia virgata)
Multiflora Rose (Rosa multiflora)
Forget-me-not (Myosotis scorpioides)
Ox-eye Daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare)
Stoneseed (Lithospermum molle)
Dame’s Rocket (Hesperis matronalis)
Tall Meadow-rue (Thalictrum pubescens)
Philadlephia Fleabane (Erigeron philadelphicus)

Species list: mallard, turkey vulture, killdeer, black-billed cuckoo, belted kingfisher, downy woodpecker, tree swallow, rough-winged swallow, cliff swallow, barn swallow, gray catbird, American robin, blue-gray gnatcatcher, cedar waxwing, warbling vireo, yellow warbler, red-winged blackbird, Baltimore oriole, northern cardinal, indigo bunting, house finch, American goldfinch, song sparrow.  (23 species)

Turkey Vulture
Cedar Waxwings
House Finch (male)
Baltimore Orioles
Eastern Kingbird
Yellow Warbler
Yellow Warbler

This morning’s group:


  My Cathedral
LIKE two cathedral towers these stately pines
  Uplift their fretted summits tipped with cones;
  The arch beneath them is not built with stones,
  Not Art but Nature traced these lovely lines,
And carved this graceful arabesque of vines;        5
  No organ but the wind here sighs and moans,
  No sepulchre conceals a martyr’s bones,
  No marble bishop on his tomb reclines.
Enter! the pavement, carpeted with leaves,
  Gives back a softened echo to thy tread!        10
  Listen! the choir is singing; all the birds,
In leafy galleries beneath the eaves,
  Are singing! listen, ere the sound be fled,
  And learn there may be worship without words. – Longfellow

Miles Hearn

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