Baltimore Oriole at Niagara-on-the-lake: Early May 2020

I was brought to a performance at the Shaw Festival when I was a child and have rarely missed a summer visit to Niagara-on-the-lake since.

These Covid 19 days, the town is discouraging visitors by putting no parking signs everywhere.

Here are few photos:

Pillar and Post Hotel
Royal George Theatre
United Church
former Court House
Fort Niagara, New York State
Anglican Church
Prince of Wales Hotel

Spring arrives earlier here.

Pear (Pyrus)
Apple (Malus)
Basswood (Tilia americana)
Basswood (Tilia americana)
Large-leaved Aster (Eurybia macrophylla)
Sweet Violet (Viola odorata)
Sweet Violet (Viola odorata)
Cursed Crowfoot (Ranunculus sceleratus)
Jack-in-the-pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum)
May-apple (Podophyllum peltatum)
Red Ash (Fraxinus pensylvanica)
Dead-nettle (Lamium purpureum)
Lesser Celandine (Ficaria verna)
Norway Maple (Acer platanoides)
Forget-me-not (Myosotis)
Sugar Maple (Acer sachharum)
Butternut (Juglans cinerea)
Ground Ivy (Glechoma hederacea)
Kentucky Bluegrass (Poa pratensis)
Chickweed (Stellaria media)

It’s not just the plants which are ahead of Toronto in springlike display. I heard and eventually spotted my first Baltimore Oriole of the spring. This bird’s rich, whistling song is only heard in our area for about 6 weeks so I especially love to hear it.

Baltimore Oriole
Baltimore Oriole
Baltimore Oriole
Baltimore Oriole

Other birds that I was able to photograph:

Common Grackle
Common Grackle
American Goldfinch (male)
American Goldfinch (male)
Mourning Dove
Mourning Dove
Red-bellied Woodpecker (male)
Red-bellied Woodpecker (male)


Summer, fall, winter, spring,
The seasons rotate as each brings
Its special beauty to this Earth of ours.
Winter’s snow and summer’s flowers;
Frozen rivers will flow come spring,
There is a renewal of everything.             – Edna Frohock (1906–97)

Miles Hearn

3 thoughts on “Baltimore Oriole at Niagara-on-the-lake: Early May 2020


    Love that town. So quaint.
    Did not know that the plaque dedicated to the Lake Ontario swimmers existed. Must search for it.
    Take in the Shaw often but maybe not this year. Have tickets for Gypsy.
    Beautiful bird that Baltimore Oriole.
    Thanks Miles for this virtual visit to this historical town.

  2. Lisa Volkov

    Oh, how absolutely gorgeous! How it gladdens my heart! And what a beautiful town, too! Thank you so much, Miles!


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