Northern Parula at Ashbridges Bay: November 22, 2021

As I have likely stated many times, you never know what you will see on a nature walk. This morning, in cold and windy environs, we had a Northern Parula. This 4.5 inch long member of the warbler family should be well on the way to its winter residence of eastern Mexico and the Caribbean instead of braving the chill of Lake Ontario. .

Northern Parula
Northern Parula
Northern Parula

Here are some photos from previous walls:

Northern Parula Warbler
Northern Parula
Northern Parula Warbler

Other birds:

Common Goldeneye (female)
Long-tailed Duck (male)
Common Goldeneye (female)
Long-tailed Ducks (female)
Mute Swans
Brown Creeper
Mute Swan
Mute Swans
Red-breasted Merganser (female)
Mallard (female)
Hybrid “Bib” Duck
Mallard (male)
Herring Gull
Mallard (male)
Gadwall (male)
Long-tailed Duck (female)
Hybrid “Bib” Duck
Long-tailed Ducks (female)

Park scenes:

Squirrel

Today’s group:

Some botany:

Kentucky Coffee Tree (Gymnocladus dioicus)
Northern Catalpa (Catalpa speciosa)
Panicled Aster (Symphyotrichum lanceolatum)
European Pussy Willow (Salix caprea)
Canada Goldenrod (Solidago canadense)
Jack Pine (Pinus banksiana)
Larch (Larix)
White Mulberry (Morus alba)
Jack Pine (Pinus banksiana)

MAILBOX

 I routinely record and watch CBC’s The Nature of Things. They’re all excellent. I was particularly taken with an episode from a week or so ago. 
The description of the episode states: ” When humanity hits pause, nature reboots. Scientists discover the surprising ways pandemic lockdowns affected our planet.” 

https://gem.cbc.ca/media/the-nature-of-things/s61e02?cmp=DM_DOCS_FEED_GEMCARD_natures-big-year

You can watch all episodes online. Easier if you’ve got a CBC Gem app which is free unless you want no ads, in which case you need to spend a bit. 

NATURE POETRY

E’en in these bleak November days
There’s gladness for the heart that heeds.   – Charles Dawson Shanly (1811–75)

Miles Hearn

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