Homemade Birdfeeder in High Park: January 2021

Though I frequently visit High Park during the year, I have seldom seen it in January. Here are some photos of it on this day:

Some one has made a birdfeeder and hung it in the park.

I don’t know how often it is replenished but I saw it emptied in about 10 minutes.

Here are some of the diners:

Red-breasted Nuthatch
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Dark-eyed Junco (male)
White-breasted Nuthatch
Northern Cardinal (male)
Northern Cardinal (male)

After an interesting week of seeing owls, ducks and a Eurasian Teal, most of this day’s photos are of winter botany:

Riverbank Grape (Vitis riparia)
Riverbank Grape (Vitis riparia)
Dog-strangling Vine (Vincetoxicum rossicum)
Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata)
Silver Maple (Acer sachharinum)
Japanese Katsura (Cercidiphyllum japonicum)
Black Oak leaves (Quercus velutina)
Sycamore leaf (Platanus occidentalis)
Norway Maple (Acer platanoides)
Beaked Hazel (Corylus cornuta)
Tulip Tree (Liriodendron tulipifera)
Tulip Tree (Liriodendron tulipifera)
Oriental Bittersweet (Celastrus orbiculatus)
Japanese Yew (Taxus cuspidata)
Euonymus fortunei (Wintercreeper)
Witch Hazel (Hamamelis virginiana)
Austrian Pine (Pinus nigra)
Austrian Pine (Pinus nigra)
Buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica)
Panicled Aster (Symphyotrichum lanceolatum)
White Mulberry (Morus alba)
White Mulberry (Morus alba)
Tree-of-heaven (Ailanthus altissima)
Canada Wild Rye (Elymus canadensis)
Weeping Willow (Salix babylonica)

NATURE POETRY

January brings the snow,
Makes our feet and fingers glow.     – Sara Coleridge (1802–52)

Miles Hearn

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