Salmon in the Humber: September 29, 2021

Here is what todocanada.ca says about salmon: Early September to Late October (Early November) when temperatures are between 3°C to 18°C, Chinook Salmon, Atlantic Salmon, Pink Salmon and Coho Salmon migrate upstream from Ontario’s Great Lakes to lay their eggs in the shallows before winter settles in.

We saw several today busily swimming upstream at Lambton Woods:

Salmon
Salmon
Salmon
Salmon
Salmon

Here are photos of the four species mentioned:

Chinook Salmon (photo: pinterest)
Atlantic Salmon (photo: blogspot.com)
Pink Salmon (photo: wildalaskaseafood.com)
Coho Salmon (photo: salmonfishingnow.com)

Judging from these photos, this morning’s salmon appear to be Atlantic Salmon.

Lambton Views:

Chipmunk

This morning’s group:

Some birds:

Mallards
Double-crested Cormorants
Mallards
KIlldeer
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Egret
Double-crested Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorants
Lesser Yellowlegs

Bird Species list: double-crested cormorant, great blue heron, great egret, Canada goose, mallard, red-tailed hawk, turkey vulture, killdeer, lesser yellowlegs, ring-billed gull, herring gull, red-bellied woodpecker, hairy woodpecker, blue jay, American crow, black-capped chickadee, white-breasted nuthatch, American robin, ruby-crowned kinglet, house sparrow, common grackle, northern cardinal, American goldfinch. (23 species)

Some botany:

Giant Ragweed (Ambrosia trifida)
Missouri Willow (Salix eriocephala)
Jerusalem Artichoke (Helianthus tuberosus)
White Cedar (Thuja occidentalis)
New England Aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae)
Silver Maple (Acer sachharinum)
Soapwort (Saponaria officinalis)
Spindletree (Euonymus europaea) also called Burning Bush
Hackberry Leaf Galls
Wild Parsnip (Pastinaca sativa)

NATURE POETRY

And now the autumn season waits,
In mellowing forms of fruitage.                        – Stephen Henry Thayer (1839–1919)

Miles Hearn

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