Cannington, Ontario: March 31, 2020

This morning I drove an hour north (4 degrees, windy and overcast) in very light traffic to combine a nature hike with a visit to the town of Cannington.

Trinity United
Rick MacLeish played minor hockey in Cannington and went on to play 14 seasons in the NHL (1970 – 1980)
Rick MacLeish in 1973
former Anglican church
former Anglican church hall

The Holland River Trail is located on a former railway line:

I heard Canada Geese, Mallards, Red and White-breasted Nuthatches, Chickadee, Blue Jay, Cardinal, Crow, Raven and Song Sparrow. Tree Sparrows were singing their high-pitched calls which I have heard described as “fairy music.”

I was able to photograph these Waxwings:

Cedar Waxwings
Cedar Waxwings
about 25 Cedar Waxwings

Some botany:

Mullein (Verbascum thapsus)
Catnip (Nepeta cataria)
Nannyberry (Viburnum lentago)
Red Ash (Fraxinus pensylvanica)
Thimbleweed (Anemone virginiana)
Willow Pine Cone Gall
Willow (Salix)

Trail scenes:


It is the first mild day of March:
Each minute sweeter than before
The redbreast sings from the tall larch
That stands beside our door.                   – William Wordsworth (1770–1850)

Miles Hearn

2 thoughts on “Cannington, Ontario: March 31, 2020

  1. Pam Stevens

    Thank you for taking us to that lovely town. I have never been there before and in another month it could be quite warm with more flowers out. And it is always nice to see Cedar Waxwings!


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