Minus 19 Degrees With the Wind: March 28, 2022

The average temperature for Toronto on March 28 is plus 8 degrees. Nowhere near that this morning as an icy north wind kept us chilled for most of this morning’s walk at Marie Curtis Park.

Today’s group:

We saw dozens of robins who are likely on their way north:

American Robin
American Robin

This is a photo I took a few years ago of a determined robin:

American Robin

Other birds:

hybrid Mallard X Black Duck
Downy Woodpecker (male)
hybrid “Bib” duck
Downy Woodpecker (male)
American Black Duck (male)
Ring-billed Gulls
American Black Duck (female)
Ring-billed Gulls
Turkey Vulture
House Sparrow (male)
Northern Cardinal (male)
Song Sparrow
Red-breasted Merganser (female)
Red-tailed Hawk (juvenile)
Red-breasted Merganser (female)

Some botany:

Phragmites (Phragmites australis)
Scotch Pine (Pinus sylvestris)
Riverbank Grape tendrils
Goldenrod gall with woodpecker drilling
Red-osier Dogwood (Cornus sericea)
Queen Anne’s-lace (Daucus carota)
Great Burdock (Arctium lappa)
Spotted Knapweed (Centaurea stoebe)
Phragmites (Phragmites australis)


Thought you would enjoy this.



Dear March—Come in—
How glad I am—
I hoped for you before—
Put down your Hat—
You must have walked—
How out of Breath you are—        – Emily Dickinson (1830-86)

Miles Hearn

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