White-throated Sparrow by the Don River: Late April 2020

I was unable to photograph the other day due to rain. To make up for that I was out prowling near the Don River just as the sun came up on this morning.

There is a place in South Georgia, near Antarctica, called Gold Harbour. At the beginning of summer there, the sun sets for about one hour and then rises again creating a wonderful golden light.

While working on cruise ships, we would occasionally have a camera club on board and they would want to be ashore at 3 am to take advantage of this light.

Wildlife takes on a colour unlike at any other time of day.

I thought of this today when I saw this robin:

American Robin

White-throated Sparrows summer in Ontario forests from cottage country north to Hudson Bay and they are passing through Toronto now:

White-throated Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow

Other birds I was able to photograph:

Northern Cardinal (male)
Red-winged Blackbird (male)
Song Sparrow
American Robin
American Robin

Some botany:

Red-osier (Cornus sericea)
Red-osier (Cornus sericea)
Norway Maple (Acer platanoides)
Virginia Waterleaf (Hydrophyllum virginianum)
Red Raspberry (Rubus strigosus)
Spindle Tree (Euonymus europea)
Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica)
Bitter Dock (Rumex obtusifolia)
Buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica)
Day-lily (Hemerocallis fulva)
Choke Cherry (Prunus virginiana)
Choke Cherry (Prunus virginiana)
Zigzag Goldenrod (Solidago flexicaulis)
Cow-parsnip (Heracleum maximum)
Catnip (Nepeta cataria)
Manitoba Maple (Acer negundo)
Swamp White Oak (Quercus bicolor)
Wayfaring Tree (Viburnum lantana)
Japanese Knotweed (Fallopia japonica)


Gladness is born of the April weather,
And the heart is as light as a wind-tossed feather.
Who could be sad on a day like this?
The care that vexed us no longer is.    – Eben Eugene Rexford (1848–1916)

Miles Hearn

4 thoughts on “White-throated Sparrow by the Don River: Late April 2020

  1. C. Collings

    Your photos are wonderful. It reminds me of walks I used to take when I was younger. At this time of year there is such an abundance of beauty in the new growth and the water. I love the way you capture this.nit is especially appreciated when we are inside waiting for our chance to burst forth!
    Thanks for this.


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