Walk in Snowy Fields and Forest: November 29, 2021

This morning was the eighty-eighth and final walk of the autumn TDSB season. Everyone was appropriately dressed for the conditions after yesterday’s daylong snowfall.

Here are some views from this morning at Marie Curtis park:

Some botany:

Red Ash (Fraxinus pensylvanica)
Poison Ivy (Toxicodendron rydbergii)
Canada Goldenrod (Solidago canadense)
Black Walnut (Juglans nigra)
Sweetbrier (Rosa rubiginosa)
White Spruce (Picea glauca)
Manitoba Maple (Acer negundo)
Red Ash (Fraxinus pensylvanica)
Sweetbrier (Rosa rubiginosa)
Staghorn Sumac (Rhus typhina)
Red Ash flower galls
Amur Honeysuckle (Lonicera maackii)
Silver Maple (Acer sachharinum)
Queen Anne’s-lace (Daucus carota)
Norway Spruce (Picea abies)
Hop-hornbeam (Ostrya virginiana)

Some birds:

Mallards
Ring-billed Gulls
American Black Duck
Ring-billed Gulls
Red-breasted Merganser (male)
Red-breasted Merganser (male)
Mallard (female)
Ring-billed Gull
Ring-billed Gulls
Northern Cardinal (female)
American Crow
Red-tailed Hawk
American Crow with Red-tailed Hawk

NATURE POETRY

Over the river and through the wood—
Now Grandmother’s cap I spy!
Hurrah for the fun!
Is the pudding done?
Hurrah for the pumpkin-pie!     – Lydia Maria Child (1802–80)

Miles Hearn

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