Nature in an Industrial Area: July 2021

You can’t get a much more industrial looking area than the Commissioners Street section near Cherry Beach.


I will identify it at the end of the post.

I admire the many plant species that thrive here with no help from us.

White Sweet-clover (Melilotus alba)
Russian-olive (Elaeagnus umbellata)
Queen Anne’s-lace (Daucus carota)
Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)
Chicory (Cichorium intybus)
Showy Tick-trefoil (Desmodium canadense)
Curled Dock (Rumex crispus)
Bladder Campion (Silene vulgaris)
Showy Tick-trefoil (Desmodium canadense)
Canada Thistle (Cirsium pratense)
Riverbank Grape (Vitis riparia)
Showy Tick-trefoil (Desmodium canadense)
Canada Thistle (Cirsium pratense)
Field Sow-thistle (Sonchus arvensis)
Red-osier (Cornus sericea)
Canada Thistle (Cirsium pratense)
Tansy (Tanecetum vulgare)
Bird Vetch (Vicia cracca)
Virginia Creeper (Parthenocissus inserta)
Great Burdock (Arctium lappa)
St. John’s-wort (Hypericum perforatum)
Curled Dock (Rumex crispus)
Ninebark (Physocarpus opulifolius)
Spotted Knapweed (Centaurea stoebe)
Squirrel-tail Grass (Hordeum jubatum)
Field Sow-thistle (Sonchus arvensis)
Birdfoot Trefoil (Lotus corniculatis)
Tree-of-heaven (Ailanthus altissima)
Quack Grass (Elymus repens)
White Campion (Silene latifolia)
Tree-of-heaven (Ailanthus altissima)
Bull Thistle (Cirsium vulgare)
Cottonwood (Populus deltoides)


Note the heavy black “sideburns”. A Peregrine Falcon

Peregrine Falcon


Serene and superb 7 minute video of a beautiful spot on the Don. 


Hot July brings cooling showers, Apricots, and gillyflowers.  – Sara Coleridge (1802–52)

(a gillyflower can refer to any of a number of fragrant flowers)

Miles Hearn

2 thoughts on “Nature in an Industrial Area: July 2021

  1. Lisa Volkov

    I used to hike this area a lot, until Don mouth remediation machinery made it less “scenic”. Not that I am complaining–I know that what they are doing is important and necessary work!
    Beautiful botany. I ALMOST got the mystery bird– I knew it was some kind of falcon, but the name escaped me. Nice to see that footage of the Don River, too. Thanks, Miles!

  2. Gloria James

    My husband and I saw a similar bird perching on our neighbour’s black walnut tree. We thought it was a falcon. What a great photo of the tree of heaven growing against the concrete wall. I didn’t realize there is a variety of wildlife along the Don River.


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