High Park and especially Grenadier Pond is likely the most reliable place to see Wood Ducks in Toronto. We had many on this sunny, 21 degree morning.
Species list: black-crowned night heron, great blue heron, Canada goose, American black duck, mallard, wood duck, red-tailed hawk, rock pigeon, great horned owl, northern flicker, hairy woodpecker, downy woodpecker, black-capped chickadee, white-breasted nuthatch, gray catbird, warbling vireo, house sparrow, northern cardinal, house finch, American goldfinch. (20 species)
Many plants have the word “giant”, “great”, “tall”, “big” or “bull” as part of their names. We saw three this morning. Some of the Tall Blue Lettuce is close to 3 metres in height.
Big Bluestem (which seldom seems to have a blue stem.)
There is a very large hornet’s nest near the western end of the zoo.
This morning’s group:
Look, stranger, on this island now
The leaping light for your delight discovers,
Stand stable here
And silent be,
That through the channels of the ear
May wander like a river
The swaying sound of the sea.
Here at a small field’s ending pause
Where the chalk wall falls to the foam and its tall ledges
Oppose the pluck
And knock of the tide,
And the shingle scrambles after the suck-
And a gull lodges
A moment on its sheer side.
Far off like floating seeds the ships
Diverge on urgent voluntary errands,
And this full view
Indeed may enter
And move in memory as now these clouds do,
That pass the harbour mirror
And all the summer through the water saunter. – W.H. Auden