Hawk in the Greek Theatre / Guild Inn: October 13, 2021

The Greek Theatre at the Guild Inn is made up of columns from the former Bank of Toronto.

Summer theatre is performed and countless wedding photos have been taken. Drake shot a music video here.

Today we had an interesting visitor perched right at the top of one of the columns. A Red-tailed Hawk:

Red-tailed Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk

This wasn’t the only hawk that made a guest appearance:

Cooper’s Hawk (juvenile)
Cooper’s Hawk (juvenile)
Cooper’s Hawk (juvenile)
Cooper’s Hawk (juvenile)
Cooper’s Hawk (juvenile)

Other birds:

House Finch (male)
House Finch (female)
American Crow
Common Grackles
Common Grackle with Starlings
Black-capped Chickadee
Blue Jays
Black-capped Chickadee
Blue Jays
Blue Jays
Mourning Dove
Blue Jays

Species list: double-crested cormorant, red-tailed Hawk, Cooper’s hawk, ring-billed gull, mourning dove, hairy woodpecker, downy woodpecker, pileated woodpecker, blue jay, American crow, black-capped chickadee, white-breasted nuthatch, brown creeper, American robin, ruby-crowned kinglet, European starling, yellow-rumped warbler, house sparrow, common grackle, northern cardinal, American goldfinch, house finch, song sparrow. (23 species)

Some botany:

Forsythia (Forsythia intermedia)
Staghorn Sumac (Rhus typhina)
Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum)
Heart-leaved Aster (Symphyotrichum cordifolium)
New England Aster with bee
Butter-and-Eggs (Linaria vulgaris)
Hawkweed (Hieracium murorum)

Area views:

Today’s group:

NATURE POETRY

Hail, old October, bright and chill,
First freedman from the summer sun!
Spice high the bowl, and drink your fill!
Thank heaven, at last the summer’s done!       – Thomas Constable (1812–81)

Miles Hearn

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