Nature Beneath the Bloor Viaduct: June 2021

I’ve travelled so often on the Bloor Viaduct – either by car or by subway.

Today I went into the Don Valley and had a look at the area below the viaduct.


I will identify it at the end of the post:

Sculpture garden:

Some birds:

Song Sparrow
Red-winged Blackbird (female)
Northern Cardinal (male)
Song Sparrow
Red-winged Blackbird (female)
Red-winged Blackbird (male)
Eastern Kingbird
Blue Jay
Eastern Kingbird
Blue Jay
Eastern Kingbird

Some botany:

False Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla)
St. John’s-wort (Hypericum perforatum)
Swamp Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata)
Cat-tail pollen cone
Tansy (Tanecetum vulgare)
St. John’s-wort (Hypericum perforatum)
Buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica)
Cow-parsnip (Heracleum maximum)
Gray Dogwood (Cornus foemina)
Ox-eye Daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare)
Staghorn Sumac (Rhus typhina)
Purple-flowering Raspberry (Rubus odoratus)
Mullein (Verbascum thapsis)
Riverbank Grape (Vitis riparia)
Honeysuckle (Lonicera)
Catnip (Nepeta cataria)


The yellow band at the tip of the tail and the crest identify this as a Cedar waxwing.

Cedar Waxwing


Oh, the summer night
Has a smile of light,
And she sits on a sapphire throne.          – Barry Cornwall (1787–1874)

Miles Hearn

1 thought on “Nature Beneath the Bloor Viaduct: June 2021

  1. Lisa Volkov

    I got the mystery bird!
    I just love the Don Valley. Thanks again, Miles, for sharing its many wonders with us!


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