Hooded Merganser in Etobicoke Creek: Feb 4, 2022

I still remember the first time I saw a Hooded Merganser. Spectacular! A male was in a puddle north of Manitouwadge (east of Thunder Bay) while I was assisting in a Breeding Bird Survey run by my grandfather.

We saw one in chilly Etobicoke Creek during our walk at Marie Curtis Park.

Hooded Merganser (male)
Hooded Merganser (male)
Common Goldeneye (male) and Hooded Merganser (male)

From a previous walk:

Hooded Mergansers

Other birds:

Mallard (hybrid)
American Robin
Mute Swan
Mallard (hybrid)
Mallard (hybrid)
Common Goldeneye (male)
American Black Duck
Mute Swans
Common Goldeneye (male)

Park scenes:

Some botany:

Red Ash (Fraxinus pensylvanica)
Sweetbrier (Rosa rubiginosa)
Honeysuckle (Lonicera)
Phragmites (Phragmites australis)
Cottonwood (Populus deltoides)
Red-osier (Cornus sericea)
Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)
Mullein (Verbascum thapsis)
Chicory (Cichorium intybus)
Riverbank Grape (Vitis riparia)

Thank-you to Richard who told today’s group some of the history of the area.

NATURE POETRY

Stay, season of calm love and soulful snows!
There is a subtle sweetness in the sun,
The ripples on the stream’s breast gaily run,
The wind more boisterously by me blows,
And each succeeding day now longer grows.          – Claude McKay (1889-1948)

Miles Hearn

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