Col. Danforth Park: June 2020

In 1799 an American entrepreneur, Col. Asa Danforth, was granted the contract to build a road connecting the new town of York (Toronto) to Kingston through the virgin forests north of Lake Ontario. Danforth Avenue in Toronto and Col. Danforth Park in Scarborough are named after him.

I was out at dawn on this day to have a close look at the wild areas of this park which follows Highland Creek.

feather of Rose-breasted Grosbeak
American Robin
Song Sparrow

Some botany:

Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata)
False Solomon-seal (Maianthemum racemosum)
Celandine (Chelidonium majus)
Celandine (Chelidonium majus)
Honeysuckle (Lonicera)
Honeysuckle (Lonicera)
Honeysuckle (Lonicera)
Honeysuckle (Lonicera)
Apple (Malus)
Spike Rush
Ostrich Fern
Black Walnut (Juglans nigra)
Yellow Rocket (Barbarea vulgaris)
Dame’s Rocket (Hesperis matronalis)
Dame’s Rocket (Hesperis matronalis)
Dame’s Rocket (Hesperis matronalis)
Buttercup (Ranunculs acris)
Buttercup (Ranunculs acris)
Buttercup (Ranunculs acris)
White Mulberry (Morus alba)
Doll’s-eyes (Actaea)
Ground-ivy (Glechoma hederacea)
Alternate-leaved Dogwood (Cornus alternifolia)
Downy Chess (Bromus tectorum)
Linden (Tila cordata)
Coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara)
Jack-in-the-pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum)
Yellow Violet (Viola pubescens)
Winged Euonymus (Euonymus alata)
Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)
Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)
Canada Thistle (Cirsium arvense)
Sugar Maple (Acer sachharum)
Philadelphia Fleabane (Erigeron philadelphicus)
Lily-of-the-valley (Convallaria majalis)
Dewey’s Sedge
Red Fescue (Festuca rubra)
Poison Ivy (Toxicodendron rydbergii)


A swarm in May is worth a load of hay;
a swarm in June is worth a silver spoon;
but a swarm in July is not worth a fly.        – Beekeepers’ saying, mid-17th century

Miles Hearn

2 thoughts on “Col. Danforth Park: June 2020

  1. Lisa Volkov

    Ahhh–long time no see. Was that Robin walking on water? What a picture. And what a beautiful feather! Thanks, Miles.

  2. Pina

    Beautiful photos! As always.
    I always play a game of choosing which ones I would turn into posters to hang on my walls if I could.
    At this point I would need 4 more houses of wall space.


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