Thomson Memorial Park, Scarborough: 2nd Week of April, 2020

There are some lovely wooded areas in the Toronto area and I had a walk in one along the West Highland Creek in Thomson Memorial Park.

There are many Redwings, Starlings and Song Sparrows here at the moment:

Red-winged Blackbird (male)
European Starlings
Song Sparrow
Song Sparrow

Mallards are here all year long as long as the creek is not frozen:

Mallard (male)

Other park views:

Some botany, much of which is showing signs of spring:

Manitoba Maple (Acer negundo)
Staghorn Sumac (Rhus typhina)
Red Maple (Acer rubra)
Tartarian Honeysuckle (Lonicera tatarica)
European Pussy Willow (Salix caprea)
Scilla
Trout-lily (Erythronium americanum)
Butternut (Juglans cinerea)
Butternut (Juglans cinerea)
Blackberry (Rubus allegheniensis)
Choke Cherry (Prunus virginiana)
Moss
Prickly Gooseberry (Ribes cynosbati)
Virginia Waterleaf (Hydrophyllum virginianum)
Ramps (Wild Leek) Alliam tricocum
Dame’s Rocket (Hesperis matronalis)
Norway Spruce cone (Picea abies)
Squirrel leftovers of Norway Spruce cone
Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum)
Black Walnut (Juglans nigra)
Red Raspberry (Rubus strigosus)
Norway Maple (Acer platanoides)

There is also history here:

Springfield Farm House
St. Andrew’s Cemetery
St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church

NATURE POETRY

Often I am permitted to return to a meadow  
as if it were a given property of the mind.           – Robert Duncan (1919–88)

Miles Hearn

1 thought on “Thomson Memorial Park, Scarborough: 2nd Week of April, 2020

  1. Lisa Volkov

    It means so much to me to be able to see this. I have great memories of this place. Once again, thank you Miles–and Happy Holidays to you and yours!

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