Gulls, Goslings and Buffalo-berry: June 2021

To find birds to photograph in June, it is a good idea to go to a location near Lake Ontario. I headed to the Bluffer’s Park area today.

Common Grackle

MYSTERY BIRD

I will identify it at the end of the post.

These fluffy Canada Geese goslings are getting quite large now:

Canada Goose gosling
Canada Goose gosling
Canada Goose gosling

Ring-billed Gulls enjoy social and nap time on the beach and elsewhere.

Ring-billed Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Ring-billed Gull yawning

I see lots of Buffalo-berry at Wasaga Beach but the only place I know that it grows in the Toronto area is at the base of the bluffs. It likes some clay in the soil.

Buffalo-berry (Shepherdia canadensis)
Buffalo-berry (Shepherdia canadensis) with Ladybug
Buffalo-berry (Shepherdia canadensis)
Buffalo-berry (Shepherdia canadensis)
Buffalo-berry (Shepherdia canadensis)

Other botany:

Philadelphia Fleabane (Erigeron philadelphicus)
Wall Rocket (Diplotaxis muralis)
Red Clover (Trifolium pratense)
Bird Vetch (Vicia cracca)
Cottonwood seeds
Sandbar Willow (Salix exigua)
Crown Vetch (Securigera varia)
Multiflora Rose (Rosa multiflora)
Russian-olive (Elaeagnus umbellata)
Timothy (Phleum pratense)
Silky Dogwood (Cornus amomum)

MYSTERY BIRD

This largish shore bird with 2 rings around the neck is a Killdeer.

Killdeer
Killdeer

NATURE POETRY

I’ll lie here and learn 
How, over their ground, 
Trees make a long shadow 
And a light sound.                             – Louise Bogan (1897–1970) 

Miles Hearn

1 thought on “Gulls, Goslings and Buffalo-berry: June 2021

  1. Lisa Volkov

    I got this! Got the “mystery bird”! (Sorry–I just can’t help “crowing” when I do–for me, it’s such a feat!)
    The Gull is yawning? I thought it was giving you attitude! I was going to say, “those gulls, they sure have attitude! Well, they do, anyway!
    Wonderful pictures! Great place! Thanks, Miles!

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