Green and Blue Heron by the Don: September 2021

You never know what you will see you when beginning a nature walk. I headed out to the Pottery Road / Don River area assuming that I would photograph wildflowers.

Mallard (female)

One of the first things I saw was a little lump on a somewhat distant tree brach.

Green Heron

Closer inspection indicated that this was a Green Heron, a reasonably common species but one that does a good job in staying out of sight.

Green Heron
Green Heron

Shortly afterward, the heron was replaced on the same branch by a magnificent Great Blue Heron.

Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron

The bird remained close-by for a considerable length of time and I began to notice the amazing flexibility of that long neck.

Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron

MYSTERY BIRD

I will identify it at the end of the post.

Some botany

White Spruce (Picea glauca)
Soapwort (Saponaria officinalis)
Giant Ragweed (Ambrosia trifida)
Dog-strangling Vine (Vincetoxicum rossicum)
Evening Primrose (Oenothera)
Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)
Giant Ragweed (Ambrosia trifida)
Buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica)
Jerusalem Artichoke (Helianthus tuberosus)
Tansy (Tanecetum vulgare)
Jerusalem Artichoke (Helianthus tuberosus)
Agrimony (Agrimonia gryposepela)
Virginia Creeper (Parthenocissus inserta)
Canada Goldenrod (Solidago canadensis)
Himalayan Balsam (Impatiens grandulifera)
Hedge-parsley (Torilis japonica)
Japanese Knotweed (Fallopia japonica)
Brown-lipped Snail on Milkweed
White Snakeroot (Ageratina altissima)

MYSTERY BIRD

The needle-like bill identifies a hummingbird. Most of the hummingbirds in our area are Ruby-throated Hummingbirds.

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

NATURE POETRY

There was a summer every rain was rare;
There was a season every wind was warm . . .
And now you pass me in the mist . . . your hair
Rain-blown about you, damp lips curved once more
In that wild irony, that gay despair
That made you old when we have met before. – F Scott Fitzgerald

Miles Hearn

1 thought on “Green and Blue Heron by the Don: September 2021

  1. Lisa Volkov

    Wonderful, to see Herons there! I’ve seen Black-crowned Night Herons fishing from the shores, near the “dam” on the Don, some Blue Herons, Egrets, but never a Green Heron! Beautiful botany, too. Thanks, Miles!

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