Irving Paisley Park: March 29, 2020

With all of the rain overnight and this morning, it didn’t look like i would be able to hike anywhere today. Then around 2 pm, the skies cleared up and I headed to York Mills and Bayview to visit this park which runs south along Wilket Creek. By the end, it was so warm (17 degrees) that I removed my jacket.

It is time to bring out my botany field guides once again as many plants are starting to show:

Silver Maple (Acer saccharinum)
Coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara)
Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata)
Red Elderberry (Sambucus racemosa)
Multiflora Rose (Rosa multiflora)
Hedge Parsley (Torilis japonica)
Pusssy Willow (Salix discolor)
Forsythia

Other Botany:

White Mulberry (Morus alba)
Spindletree (Euonymus europea)
Polypores
Norway Spruce (Picea abies)
Norway Spruce (Picea abies) cones (before & after squirrel)
Hemlock (Tsuga canadensis)
Bur Oak (Quercus macrocarpa)
Horse-chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum)
Yew (Taxus cuspidata)

Migrating birds included Golden-crowned Kinglets, Red-winged Blackbirds and a Song Sparrow.

Golden-crowned Kinglet
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Mallard (male)
Mallard (female)

There were even a few flies:

Green Bottle Fly

and a bathing dog:

NATURE POETRY

The moving Moon went up the sky,
And nowhere did abide;
Softly she was going up,
And a star or two beside.                – Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772–1834)

Miles Hearn

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