By the Railway Tracks, Rouge Park: July 2021

In July, there is an amazing variety of life in the area of the railway tracks at Rouge Park.

MYSTERY BIRDS

I will identify them at the end of the post.

There are thousands of Gypsy Moths in the woods and at the edge of the woods.

Gypsy Moth (male)
Gypsy Moth (male)
Gypsy Moth (female)
Gypsy Moth (male)
Gypsy Moth (female)
Gypsy Moth (male)

Other life:

Brown-lipped Snail
Green Frog
Mourning Cloak
Eastern Comma Butterfly
Mourning Cloak
Eastern Comma Butterfly
Mourning Cloak
Mourning Cloak

Some botany:

Bee-balm (Monarda didyma)
Silky Dogwood (Cornus amomum)
St. John’s-wort (Hypericum perforatum)
White Vervain (Verbena urticifolia)
Heal-all (Prunella vulgaris)
Bee-balm (Monarda didyma)
Bee-balm (Monarda didyma)
Heal-all (Prunella vulgaris)
Spreading Dogbane (Apocynum androsaemifolium)
Bee-balm (Monarda didyma)
Common Buttercup (Ranunculus acris)
Canada Thistle (Cirsium pratense)
Yellow Sweet-clover (Melilotus officinalis)
Spotted Jewelweed (Impatiens capensis)
Bladder Campion (Silene vulgaris)
Bee-balm (Monarda didyma)
Wild-bergamot (Monarda fistulosa)
Chicory (Cichorium intybus)
Queen Anne’s-lace (Daucus carota)
Goldenrod gall
Joe-pye-weed (Eutrochium maculatum)
Daisy Fleabane (Erigeron annuus)
Yarrow (Achillea millefolia)
Evening Primrose (Oenothera)
Indian Mustard (Brassica juncea)
Birdfoot Trefoil (Lotus corniculatis)
Elderberry (Sambucus canadensis)
Spotted Knapweed (Centaurea stoebe)
Wild-bergamot (Monarda fistulosa)
Sand Spurrey (Spergularia rubra)
Pointed-leaved Tick-trefoil (Desmodium glutinosum)
Ox-eye Daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare)
Field Sow-thistle (Sonchus arvensis)
Virgin’s-bower (Clematis virginiana)
Riverbank Grape (Vitis riparia)
Spotted Knapweed (Centaurea stoebe)
Grecian Foxglove (Digitalis lanata)
Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta)
Dog-strangling Vine (Vincetoxicum rossicum)

MYSTERY BIRDS

Gray and black combination identifies Turkey Vulture.

Turkey Vulture

Pulled in neck identifies Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

NATURE POETRY

Oh, summer has clothed the Earth
In a cloak from the loom of the Sun!
And a mantle, too, of the skies’ soft blue,
And a belt where the rivers run.                       – Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872–1906) 

Miles Hearn

2 thoughts on “By the Railway Tracks, Rouge Park: July 2021

  1. Muriel Grace Steeb

    Hi Miles,
    Love the rail bed & photos.
    RE the verse to-day, do you think maybe clock,…. should be cloak??????????

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  2. Lisa Volkov

    Such beautiful things to be seen and photographed here. I love it!
    And yes, I got the “mystery bird”!
    The Gypsy Moth is going to re-named, apparently.
    This is a wonderful place! And those Bee-balms–among all the other marvelous, beautiful things–such incredible colour!
    Thanks, Miles!

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