Lambton Woods: June 2020

When I first started leading walks for the TDSB in 2005, I had never heard of Lambton Woods. It was recommended to me by one of the walkers that year, and I drove out to have a look. Three words come to mind: Perfect, Perfect, Perfect.

Lambton is one of the best places in Toronto to see birds in winter.

White-throated Sparrow

Here is how it looked on February 20, 2019:

and here is how it looked on this glorious day in June 2020:

Birds are the stars here in winter:

Brown Creeper

and I did spot some ducklings this morning:

Mallard duckling
Mallard ducklings
Mallard duckling
Mallard duckling

but it is the wildflowers and other botany which captured my attention in June:

Yellow Flag (Iris pseudocorus)
Yellow Flag (Iris pseudocorus)
Watercress (Nasturtium officinale)
Skunk-cabbage (Symplocarpus foetidus)
Pennsylvania Bitter Cress (Cardamine pensylvanica)
Pennsylvania Bitter Cress (Cardamine pensylvanica)
Pennsylvania Bitter Cress (Cardamine pensylvanica)
Witch-hazel (Hamamelis virginiana)
Strawberry (Fragaria virginiana)
Poison Ivy (Toxicodendron rydbergii)
Virginia Waterleaf (Hydrophyllum virginianum)
Wood Nettle (Laportea canadensis)
White Mulberry (Morus alba)
White Mulberry (Morus alba)
White Clover (Trifolium repens)
Red Clover (Trifolium pratense)
Goat’s-beard (Tragopogon)
Goat’s-beard (Tragopogon)
Dog-strangling Vine (Vincetoxicum rossicum)
Bird Vetch (Vicia cracca)
Maple-leaved Viburnum (Viburnum acerifolia)
Philadelphia Fleabane (Erigeron philadelphicus)
Red Fesue (Festuca rubra)
Wall Rocket (Diplotaxis muralis)
Indian-hemp (Apocynum cannabinum)
Ox-eye Daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare)
Canada Anemone (Anemone canadensis)
Canada Anemone (Anemone canadensis)
Forget-me-not (Myosotis)
Buttercup (Ranunculus acris)
Reed Canary Grass (Phalaris arundinacea)
Dame’s Rocket (Hesperis matronalis)
Crown Vetch (Securigera varia)
Multiflora Rose (Rosa multiflora)
Sweetbrier (Rosa rubiginosa)
Yellow Avens (Geum aleppicum)


Our seasons have no fixed returns,
Without our will they come and go;
At noon our sudden summer burns,
Ere sunset all is snow.                         – James Russell Lowell (1819–91)

Miles Hearn

1 thought on “Lambton Woods: June 2020

  1. Lisa Volkov

    Glorious, of course. In both seasons!
    How wonderful this past winter seems to me now. To think I was yearning for spring, little imagining…but you are sharing spring in these places and others, with the rest of us, for which I can’t thank you enough, Miles!


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