Taylor Creek, East York: April 2020

With some snow in the forecast for this afternoon, I headed out early to nearby Taylor Creek Park to see how spring is progressing there. Here are some botany photos:

Spindle Tree (Euonymus europea)
White Elm (Ulmus americana)
Sugar Maple showing roots due to erosion
Black Maple (Acer nigrum)
Coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara)
Willow (Salix)
Virginiana Waterleaf (Hydrophyllum virginianum)
Manitoba Maple (Acer negundo)
Burdock (Arctium)
Cleavers (Galium aparine)
Sweet Violet (Viola odorata)
Multiflora Rose (Rosa multiflora)
White Spruce cones (Picea glauca)
Scilla (Scilla siberica)
Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata)
Black Currant (Ribes nigrum)
Choke Cherry (Prunus virginiana)
Hazelnuts (Corylus avellana)
Hazelnut Tree (Corylus avellana)
Hazelnut Tree (Corylus avellana)

The parking lot is closed at the moment:

With no leaves on the trees, it is easy to spot the birds:

American Goldfinch (male)
American Goldfinch (female)
American Goldfinch (male)
American Goldfinch (male)
American Goldfinch
American Goldfinch (female)
Black-capped Chickadee
American Robin
American Robin
American Robin
Mallard (male)
Northern Cardinal (male)
Red-winged Blackbird (male)
Song Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Song Sparrow

Park Scenes:

NATURE POETRY

By all the stars in His infinite sky
We are April-fools, my Love and I.       – Mortimer Collins (1827–76)

Miles Hearn

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