Wood Ducks Have Returned To High Park: March 11, 2022

March often alternates spring-like days with winter-like days. Winter reigned today as the final 2022 winter walk took place in steady snow showers.

evidence of beaver

Wood ducks, perhaps the most beautiful of our North American species, are usually very shy and flee at the first sight of a human intruder. In High Park, however, they are very used to us and allow a close approach. During my other winter walks none were seen here, but several have now returned from their winter quarters in south eastern North America.

Wood Duck (male)
Wood Ducks
Wood Duck (male)
Wood Duck (male)
Wood Duck (male)

Other birds:

American Robin
American Black Duck (male)
Mallard (female0
Mallard (male)
Mallards
Hairy Woodpecker (male)
Northern Cardinal (male)
Red-bellied Woodpecker
American Robin
White-breasted Nuthatch
American Robin
Black-capped Chickadee in my hand
Red-breasted Nuthatch in my hand
Black-capped Chickadee in my hand
Red-breasted Nuthatch in my hand
Black-capped Chickadee in my hand

Some botany:

Black Oak (Quercus velutina)
Weeping Willow (Salix babylonica)
White Oak (Quercus alba)
Scotch Pine (Pinus sylvestris)
Black Cherry (Prunus serotina)
Scotch Pine (Pinus sylvestris)
Hoary Vervain (Verbena stricta)
Silver Maple (Acer sachharinum)
Austrian Pine (Pinus nigra)
Pale-leaved Sunflower (Helianthus decapetalus)

Today’s group:

NATURE POETRY

Again rejoicing Nature sees
Her robe assume its vernal hues; 
Her leafy locks wave in the breeze,
All freshly steep’d in morning dews.     – Robert Burns (1759–96)

Miles Hearn

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