Marie Curtis Park: March 2021

I visit this park which is on the boundary between Toronto and Mississauga frequently during the year. It has ponds, a river, lakeshore, extensive fields and mature forest.

Very few birds on this day however.

Canada Geese
Mallards and “Bib” Duck (Hybrid)
“Bib” Duck (Hybrid) and American Black Duck (female)

Some botany:

Black Locust (Robinia pseudoacacia)
Yellow Birch (Betula pensylvanica)
Yellow Birch (Betula pensylvanica)
Elderberry (Sambucus canadensis)
Red Ash (Fraxinus pensylvanica)
Pine Cone Willow Gall
Trembling Aspen (Populus tremuloides)
Trembling Aspen (Populus tremuloides)
Silver Maple (Acer sachharinum)
Red Oak (Quercus rubra)
Poison Ivy (Toxicodendron rydbergii)
White Pine cone in Beech leaves
Witch-hazel (Hamamelis virginiana)
Purple-flowering Raspberry (Rubus odoratus)
Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum)
Shagbark Hickory (Carya ovata)
Siberian Pea-shrub (Caragana arborescens)
Shagbark Hickory (Carya ovata)
Spotted Knapweed (Centaurea stoebe)

I had the first Red-winged Blackbird of the season in my yard (March 10) :

Red-winged Blackbird (male)
Red-winged Blackbird (male)


I received this. (One of my jobs on Antarctic cruises was to stand at the stern and point out the many albatrosses who followed our ship in the open sea).

World’s oldest known wild bird hatches new chick at age 70 | The Independent


To dwellers in a wood, almost every species of tree has its voice as well as its feature. – Thomas Hardy

Miles Hearn

1 thought on “Marie Curtis Park: March 2021

  1. Lisa Volkov

    How wonderful it is to re-visit yet another beloved location in very early spring/very late winter, here. And the close-ups you deliver of botanical detail are–formidable. I guess “fierce” is a better word. I mean it in a good way. Thanks, Miles!


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