the Hamlet of Altona, Ontario: April 2020

A “hamlet” is, by definition, a very small human settlement. In British geography, a hamlet is smaller than a village and does not have a church or other place of worship.

Altona, located in north Pickering, is surrounded by countryside/

There is a historic Mennonite Church here which dates from 1852

Altona Mennonite Church
Mennonite Cemetery
Mennonite Cemetery

Though there are many hiking trails near here, they are still inaccessible.

My tactic is to drive on gravel roads and look for old roads or paths that go into the woods or fields. On this day, I also found a large pond with some interesting wildlife.

Bufflehead
Ring-necked Ducks
Ring-necked Ducks

I also heard the first Ring-necked Pheasant that I have heard in years. Near fields, I heard Savannah Sparrow, Field Sparrow and Vesper Sparrow but was only able to photograph Song Sparrows:

Song Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Song Sparrow

Other Birds:

Mourning Dove
Mourning Dove
Dark-eyed Junco
American Goldfinch (male)
American Goldfinch (male)
Red-winged Blackbird (male)
Canada Goose

There are more cyclists on these roads than automobiles.

Some botany:

Bull Thistle (Cirsium vulgare)
Red-osier (Cornus sericea)
Apple (Malus)
Manitoba Maple (Acer negundo)
Highbush-cranberry (Viburnum opulus)
Norway Spruce (Picea abies)
Sugar Maples (Acer saccharum)
Lichen
Trembling Aspen (young) Populus tremuloides
Trembling Aspen (older) Populus tremuloides
Coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara)
Coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara)
Coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara)

NATURE POETRY

The Sun, midway upon his tireless march,
Eyes languidly the green earth’s sleepy face.    – James Benjamin Kenyon (1858–1924)

Miles Hearn

2 thoughts on “the Hamlet of Altona, Ontario: April 2020

  1. Marilyn Leeds

    I continue to enjoy these, Miles. Thank you for doing this. I am unable to leave or I will have to be quarantined again. So, it is wonderful to follow your adventures. Thank you, Marilyn

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