Goldfinches and Painted Turtles: July 2021

I headed out to Marie Curtis Park hoping to photograph the terns and gulls which sometimes perch on the railings at the mouth of Etobicoke Creek. Too many people walking about I guess, as there was not a single one.

Option 2 was to visit the 2 ponds which are located out on the former arsenal lands.

Better luck here, especially with Goldfinches who were busy harvesting Canada Thistle plumes. In Québec a thistle is a chardon and goldfinches are named chardonnerets after their love for these plants.

American Goldfinch (male)
American Goldfinch (female)
American Goldfinch (male)
American Goldfinch (male)
American Goldfinch (male)
American Goldfinch (male)
American Goldfinch (male)

MYSTERY BIRD

I will identify it at the end of the post.

Other birds:

Red-winged Blackbird (male)
Red-winged Blackbird (female)
Red-winged Blackbird (female)
Red-winged Blackbird (female)
Tree Swallows
Tree Swallows
Tree Swallow
Tree Swallow
Tree Swallow
Tree Swallow
Tree Swallow
Tree Swallow

After a long winter of hibernation, Painted Turtles luxuriate in the warmth of the sun.

Painted Turtles
Painted Turtles
Painted Turtle
Painted Turtles
Painted Turtle
Painted Turtle

Some botany:

Bull Thistle (Cirsium vulgare)
Purple-flowering Raspberry (Rubus odoratus)
Curled Dock (Rumex crispus)
Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)
Red-osier (Cornus sericea)
Red Soldier Beetles on Wild Parsnip
Yarrow (Achillea millefolia)
Silver-spotted Skipper in Thistle
Buckhorn (Plantago lanceolata)
Wild Parsnip (Pastinaca sativa)
Field Bindweed (Convolvulus arvensis)
Birdfoot Trefoil (Lotus corniculatis)
Bird Vetch (Vicia cracca)
Alfalfa (Medicago sativa)
Canada Thistle (Cirsium pratense)

MYSTERY BIRD

Stocky, rather long-tailed with some bold coarse streaks indicate a Song Sparrow.

Song Sparrow

NATURE POETRY

I meant to do my work today—
But a brown bird sang in the apple-tree
And a butterfly flitted across the field, 
And all the leaves were calling me.              – Richard Le Gallienne (1866–1947)

Miles Hearn

4 thoughts on “Goldfinches and Painted Turtles: July 2021

  1. Catherine Gautry

    Thank you for your enlightening comment about the origin of the word “chardonneret” and for the great pictures!

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  2. Lisa Volkov

    Well, I thought “Sparrow”, anyway!
    Such gorgeous pictures! And yes, I remember the sight of untold numbers of Goldfinches among the Thistles on the side of the Don Valley nearest the highway, on the way to Pottery Road (going south). Thanks, Miles!

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  3. rosemarie fischer

    gorgeous photos!!!! the birds look like they’re “posing” for you!!! just really wonderful!!!
    thanks Miles

    Reply

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