Yearly Pilgrimage to Bird Feed Store: August 2021

Every August I head to a feed store to buy 250 pounds of “sunflower chips.” That is how much the birds in my backyard consume yearly.

sunflower chips

There is a post on this site from August 2020 when I did the same thing. My store of choice is Davis Feeds in Caledon East.


I will identify it at the end of the post.

En route to the feed store, I stopped at Ken Whillans Conservation Park which is frequented by fishermen (and women) and has a wonderful circular trail around the lakes.

Some botany

Buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica)
Virginia Creeper (Parthenocissus inserta)
Tall Blue Lettuce (Lactuca biennis)
Tall Blue Lettuce (Lactuca biennis)
Tansy (Tanecetum vulgare)
Hawkweed (Hieracium)
Brome Grass (Bromus inermis)
Softstem Bulrush (Scirpus validus)
Wayfaring Tree (Viburnum lantana)
Bird Vetch (Vicia cracca)
Evening Primrose (Oenothera)
Highbush-cranberry (Viburnum opulus)
Mullein (Verbascum thapsis)
Field Sow-thistle (Sonchus arvensis)
Canada Thistle (Cirsium pratense)
Yarrow (Achillea millefolia)
St. John’s-wort (Hypericum perforatum)
Red Clover (Trifolium pratense)
Honeysuckle (Lonicera)
Purple Loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria)
Queen Anne’s-lace (Daucus carota)
Ox-eye Daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare)
Water-lily (Nymphaea odorata)
Red-osier (Cornus sericea)
Mauve Cress (Cardamine hirsuta)
Crimson Clover (Trifolium incarnatum)
Common Arrowhead (Sagittaria latifolia)
Honeysuckle (Lonicera)
Wayfaring Tree (Viburnum lantana)
Shining Willow (Salix lucida)

Some birds

Cedar Waxwing
Cedar Waxwing
Eastern Kingbird


We were told as children that if you like butter, the buttercup plant would reflect on your chin.

Common Buttercup (Ranunculus acris)


Come Forth into the light of things, let nature be your teacher- William Wordsworth

Miles Hearn

2 thoughts on “Yearly Pilgrimage to Bird Feed Store: August 2021

  1. Lisa Volkov

    You are certainly generous with the birds that visit you! In return, they grace you with their presence, allowing you to hear, see and photograph them. Seems like a fair deal!
    Very nice scenery, beautiful botany and birds. Thanks, Miles!


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