TDSB Fall Walks Recommence: September 11, 2021

After over nine months of mostly solitary walks, it was a distinct pleasure to once again walk with others.

8 am group:

11:30 am group:

It is difficult to set up some photography shots when I am leading a group so I will intersperse today’s photos with some bird and plant photos that I have taken on other walks.

Here is the bird list for the 2 walks:

Species list: Red-necked Grebe, double-crested cormorant, great blue heron, Canada goose, mallard, Cooper’s hawk, ring-billed gull, mourning dove, belted kingfisher, northern flicker, downy woodpecker, blue jay, common raven, black-capped chickadee, red-breasted nuthatch, American robin, gray catbird, blue-gray gnatcatcher, ruby-crowned kinglet, European starling, warbling vireo, red-eyed vireo, blue-headed vireo, house sparrow, northern cardinal, American goldfinch. (26 species)

Some birds:

Gray Catbird
Red-necked Grebe
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Cooper’s Hawk
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Belted Kingfisher (female)
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Mourning Dove
House Sparrow (female)
Northern Flicker (male)
Mallard
Common Raven
Northern Cardinal (male)
Red-breasted Nuthatch
European Starling
Blue-headed Vireo
House Sparrows
House Sparrow (male)
Warbling Vireo
Mallard
Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron

Some botany:

Canada Goldenrod (Solidago canadensis)
Monarch Butterfly on New England Aster
Panicled Aster (Symphyotrichum lanceolatum)
Viper’s Bugloss (Echium vulgare)
Phragmites (Phragmites australis)

NATURE POETRY

What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare? —
No time to stand beneath the boughs
And stare as long as sheep or cows.
No time to see, when woods we pass,
Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.
No time to see, in broad daylight,
Streams full of stars, like skies at night.              – W.H. Davies (1871–1940)

Miles Hearn

1 thought on “TDSB Fall Walks Recommence: September 11, 2021

  1. Lisa Volkov

    it was simply gorgeous, and utterly magical to be out here again! I have to use transit, which isn’t easy, and it took me a long time to work up the nerve. I had only just resumed doing so. I was even early enough to be able to watch the sun rise over the lake. I hadn’t even SEEN the lake for a year and a half! Wonderful walk. I was even able to HEAR the birds because I was wearing a single hearing aid (the other one isn’t working). Great pictures, here. Thank you so much, Miles!

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