Toronto Port Lands: early May 2020

The Port Lands are an industrial and recreational neighbourhood located about 5 kilometres south-east of downtown, located on the former Don River delta and most of Ashbridge’s Bay.

Cliff Swallows were busy building nests under this bridge:

Other birds that I was able to photograph:

European Starling
European Starling
Red-winged Blackbird (male)
Red-winged Blackbird (male)
Tree Swallow
Double-crested Cormorant
Common Grackle
Common Grackle
Bufflehead (male)
Red-breasted Mergansers
Mallard (female)
Black-capped Chickadee with Manitoba Maple flowers
Song Sparrow
Song Sparrow
American Robin
American Goldfinch (male)

Some botany:

European Ash (Fraxinus excelsior)
Serviceberry (Amelanchier)
Sweetbrier (Rosa rubiginosa)
Black Raspberry (Rubus occidentalis)
European Larch (Larix decidua)
European Larch (Larix decidua)
Tree-of-heaven (Ailanthus altissima)
Wych Elm (Ulmus glabra)
Choke Cherry (Prunus virginiana)
Cottonwood (Populus deltoides)
Cherry (Prunus mahaleb)
Yellow Rocket (Barbarea vulgaris)
Siberian Elm (Ulmus pumilla)
Manitoba Maple (Acer negundo)
Red-osier (Cornus sericea)
Japanese Knotweed (Fallopia japonica)
Strawberry (Fragaria virginiana)
White Sweet-clover (Melilotus albus)
Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)


The thirsty earth soaks up the rain,
And drinks, and gapes for drink again.
The plants suck in the earth and are
With constant drinking fresh and fair.      – Abraham Cowley, English poet (1618ā€“67

Miles Hearn

3 thoughts on “Toronto Port Lands: early May 2020

  1. Jean Gairdner

    Thank you , Miles. Your morning posts have been a welcome greeting during this unsettling and restrictive time.

  2. Miriam

    I look forward to your posting each morning as they give me a beautiful view of the world outdoors. Thank you and bless you.

  3. Lisa Volkov

    I too look forward to your postings every day! Another one of my favorite places–those song birds, so precious! Thank you so much again, Miles!


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