Toronto Ski Hill in June 2021

My children all learned to ski at the ski hill in Earl Bales Park.

I enjoyed visiting the area today in perfect warm weather.

MYSTERY BIRD

I will identify it at the end of the post.

Earl Bales Park also has a very large pond.

Canada Goose
Canada Geese
Mallard family
Mallard (juvenile)
Mallard (juvenile)
Mallard (juvenile)
Mallard (juvenile)
Song Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Song Sparrow

Some botany:

Indian-hemp (Apocynum cannabinum)
Multiflora Rose (Rosa multiflora)
St. John’s-wort (Hypericum perforatum)
Red Clover (Trifolium pratense)
Honeysuckle (Lonicera)
Daisy Fleabane (Erigeron annuus)
Multiflora Rose (Rosa multiflora)
Red Clover (Trifolium pratense)
Choke Cherry (Prunus virginiana)
White Avens (Geum canadense)
Red Raspberry (Rubus strigosus)
Red Elderberry (Sambucus racemosa)
Reed Canary Grass (Phalaris arundinacea)
Purple-flowering Raspberry (Rubus odoratus)
St. John’s-wort (Hypericum perforatum)
Linden (Tilia cordata)
Staghorn Sumac pollen cone
Canada Thistle (Cirsium pratense)
Bird Vetch (Vicia cracca)
Orchard Grass (Dactylis glomerata)
Crown Vetch (Securigera varia)

MYSTERY BIRD

Despite the lack of a red belly, this is a Red-bellied Woodpecker. The name “Red-headed Woodpecker was already taken.

NATURE POETRY

Now, from the thick grass, the fireflies 

begin to rise: 

up, then down, then up again: 

lit on the ascending flight, 

drifting simultaneously to the same height, 

exactly like the bubbles in champagne.            – Elizabeth Bishop (1911–79) 

Miles Hearn

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