American Wigeons at Col. Sam Smith Park / November 9, 2019

The American Wigeons are migrating through the Toronto area at the moment on their way to the southern and western USA and further south.

American Wigeon (male)

The male with the white or buffy forehead led to this species being formerly called the “Baldpate.”

American Wigeon (male)
American Wigeon (female)
American Wigeon (female)

Species list: common loon, red-necked grebe, mute swan, Canada goose, mallard, gadwall, American wigeon, bufflehead, common goldeneye, red-breasted merganser, ring-billed gull, black-capped chickadee, golden-crowned kinglet, American robin, European starling, house sparrow, northern cardinal, white-throated sparrow.  (18 species)

European Starlings
European Starlings
American Robin
Red-necked Grebes
Mute Swan
Mute Swan
Common Loon
Mallard (male)
Mallard (female)
Canada Geese
Ring-billed Gull
Northern Cardinal (male)

Some botany on this windy, -1 degree and overcast morning:

Ginkgo leaves (Ginkgo biloba)
Sour Cherry (Prunus cerasus)
Filbert Tree (Hazletnut) Corylus avellana
Black Walnuts (Juglans nigra)

Park views:

Humber College building
Squirrel with walnut

Today’s group:


The white chrysanthemums and asters star
The frosty silence.                                                – Alice Marland (Wellington) Rollins (1847–97)

Miles Hearn

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