Catbird and Phoebe by the Don River: September 24, 2021

The Beechwood / Don Valley area is great for views of the river, trees, shrubs and wildflowers.

Brown-lipped Snail
Cottonwood Tree (Populus deltoides)

Birds, however, can be scarce at times. Hoping to find some, I brought the big lens for my camera and was rewarded with the following:

Eastern Phoebe
Gray Catbird
Eastern Phoebe
Gray Catbird
Eastern Phoebe
Gray Catbird
Eastern Phoebe
Blue Jay
Downy Woodpecker (male)
Song Sparrow
Downy Woodpecker (male)

Species list: hairy woodpecker, downy woodpecker, eastern phoebe, blue jay, black-capped chickadee, American robin, gray catbird, northern cardinal, American goldfinch, white-throated sparrow, song sparrow. (11 species)

Today’s group:

Some botany:

Tansy (Tanecetum vulgare)
New England Aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae)
Canada Goldenrod (Solidago canadense)
Black Walnut (Juglans nigra)
Tree-of-heaven (Ailanthus altissima)
Tree-of-heaven (Ailanthus altissima)
Soapwort (Saponaria officinalis)
Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)
Teasle (Dipsacus fullonum)
Gray Dogwood (Cornus foemina)
Staghorn Sumac (Rhus typhina)
Catnip (Nepeta cataria)
Lamb’s-quarters (Chenopodium alba)
Evening Primrose (Oenothera)
Poison Ivy (Toxicodendron rydbergii)
Xanthium strumarium (cocklebur also called clotbur)


Thought you might want to see this if you haven’t seen it already.

Goose has epic response to humans taking her injured boyfriend (


In the dreamy silence
Of the afternoon, a
Cloth of gold is woven
Over wood and prairie.                            – Alexander Posey (1873–1908)

Miles Hearn

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