Question I Hear on Extreme Weather Days: October 25, 2021

Whenever the weather is on the miserable side, I hear this question: “Has there ever been a walk when no-one showed up?”

Indeed there was one. May 25, 2017 at Beechwood / Don Valley. The temperature was 12 degrees but the rain was extremely heavy.

I walked the entire area on my own and had this bird list:

Species list: mallard, downy woodpecker, American robin,  yellow warbler, red-winged blackbird, Baltimore oriole, brown-headed cowbird, northern cardinal, American goldfinch,  song sparrow. (10 species)

As I always want to include a group photo, I took a selfie:

Here are some group photos from previous rough weather days:

With rain overnight and the prediction of rain all today, I was happy to see that we did have a few walkers this morning at Thomson Park:

It was too wet to carry my camera about so I took some photos from the car before the walk:

Thomson historical cottage
White Spruce (Picea glauca)
main entrance, St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church
Freeman (hybrid) Maple
Sextons’ House, St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church
Freeman (hybrid) Maple leaves
Silver Maple (Acer saccharinum)
Springfield Farm House

Here are photos from previous walks of the 14 bird species we saw:

Turkey Vulture
Ring-billed Gull
Mourning Doves
American Crow
Black-capped Chickadee
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
American Robin
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Northern Cardinal (male)
American Goldfinch (female)
Song Sparrow


Fall, leaves, fall; die, flowers, away;
Lengthen night and shorten day;
Every leaf speaks bliss to me
Fluttering from the autumn tree.               – Emily Brontë (1818–48)

Miles Hearn

2 thoughts on “Question I Hear on Extreme Weather Days: October 25, 2021

  1. rosemarie fischer

    really neat post,liked those “bad weather” pictures and the bedraggled look on the turkey vulture’s face.
    That’s real life,good for all involved……


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