Zephyr, Ontario: April 5, 2020

Zephyr was named in 1865 after the Greek “zephyros” which means “the west wind whose breezes help produce fruit and flowers.”

United Church
Public Library
former church now private home
Zephyr Missionary Church

From a front yard:

Starlings, Red wing and Doves
Redwings, Grackle and Mourning Dove
American Robin

I also explored more of the Holland River Wetland Trail:

Evidence of Beaver

Some Botany:

Highbush-cranberry (Viburnum opulus)
Phragmites (Phragmites australis)
Speckled Alder (Anus incana)
Virgin’s-bower (Clematis virginiana)
Pussy Willow (Salix discolor)
Oriental Bittersweet (Celastrus orbiculatus)
Beaked Hazel (Corylus cornuta)
Balsam Fir (Abies balsamea)

Birds that I heard include Belted Kingfisher, Purple Finch and Ruffed Grouse.

I was able to photograph these:

Hooded Mergansers
Bufflehead (male)
Song Sparrow
Northern Caedinal (male)
Common Grackle
Canada Geese
Turkey Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Turkey Vulture


And time remembered is grief forgotten,
And frosts are slain and flowers begotten,
And in green underwood and cover
Blossom by blossom the spring begins.     – Algernon Charles Swinburne (1837–1909)

Miles Hearn

3 thoughts on “Zephyr, Ontario: April 5, 2020

  1. Rosemarie Fischer

    great pictures,especially of the Turkey Vulture, it almost looks as if he/she is “modelling” for you….a nice day to be out on the trail, thank you……Rosemarie

  2. Lisa Volkov

    Wow! Thanks again, Miles! I didn’t realize (or maybe I forgot) that Turkey Vultures have red heads! (I should have, but I don’t generally see them up close.) They look like–um–Vultures!

  3. Pina

    Thank you so much for these wonderful pictures that you send.
    Many of them would make great posters too.
    I enjoy receiving your posts.


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