Poison Ivy Autumn Colours at Beechwood / Don Valley: October 3, 2019

Poison Ivy is plant that can look quite different according to habitat. Plants that grow in the shade tend to turn yellow in fall:

Poison Ivy (Toxicodendron rydbergii)

Plants that grow in sunnier spots tend to turn red in fall:

Poison Ivy (Toxicodendron rydbergii)

The flowers of Purple-stemmed Aster are usually blue. We found some with white flowers this morning:

Purple-stemmed Aster (Symphyotrichum puniceum)

Other botany:

Indian Grass (Sorghastrum nutans)
Staghorn Sumac (Rhus typhina)
Teasel (Dipsacus fullonum)
Panicled Aster (Symphyotrichum lanceolatum)
Black Locust (Robinia pseudoacacia)
Jack Pine (Pinus banksiana)
Common Burdock (Arctium minus)
Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)
New England Aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae))
Zigzag Goldenrod (Solidago flexicaulis)
White Ash (Fraxinus americana)

Park scenes:

Species list: double-crested cormorant, mallard, northern flicker, blue jay, black-capped chickadee, northern cardinal, American goldfinch, song sparrow.  (8 species)

Double-crested Cormorant
Mallards (female)

A good turnout on this 10 degree morning with off and on light rain:


While birdwatching in Cedarvale Ravine in 1959 (a western tanager had been reported there) an odd-looking character was ahead of me. Catching up to him, I asked if he was looking for birds. He said he certainly was not. I asked if, by chance, he had seen a strange bird. He said he certainly hadn’t. “I just wondered because a few hours ago, a friend of mine saw a western tanager.” Whipping a pair of binoculars from under his jacket, he wheeled and said, “Western tanager! Where?”

from: allaboutbirds.com

Miles Hearn

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