After several days of photographing birds, I decided to come to Sunnybrook Park and have a look at wildflowers.
I will identify it at the end of the post:
It is easy to see how Spring-beauty got its name:
The petals are usually pale pink with deeper coloured veins:
Cuckoo-flower is an attractive spring-flowering plant found around the world in northern latitudes.
Cuckoo-flower grows in wet bogs and marshy ground and at the borders of forest pools and streams.
Its common name cuckoo-flower derives from the formation of the plant’s flowers at around the same time as the arrival each spring of the first cuckoos in the British Isles.
Crowfoot is a member of the buttercup family. Hooked Crowfoot is often seen at the foot of trees along trails.
The 4 white-petalled flowers of this invasive species are abundant at the moment: Garlic Mustard.
Ann Baldwin in Oceanside, CA, writes about this odd encounter:
“I heard a juvenile Red-shouldered Hawk calling. Then I saw a small bird fly onto a branch very close. I grabbed my camera and could hardly believe what I saw: the Hawk staring at a male House Finch almost beak-to-beak for around 4 minutes. Nature never ceases to amaze!”
The birds around me hopped and played,
Their thoughts I cannot measure:—
But the least motion which they made
It seemed a thrill of pleasure… – William Wordsworth (1770–1850)