Cooper’s Hawk at Marie Curtis Park: March 30, 2022

I haven’t had the best luck weather-wise at Marie Curtis Park this year. On Monday it was -19 degrees with the wind. On January 17, we had the largest Toronto-area blizzard since 1978.

This morning’s temperature was around freezing but there was a very chilly east wind.

Despite the conditions (rain, freezing rain and ice pellets at various moments), a good-sized group was on hand:

We saw Cooper’s Hawks on two occasions:

Cooper’s Hawk
Cooper’s Hawk
Cooper’s Hawk

Other birds:

Common Goldeneye
Hooded Merganser (male) and Goldeneye (female)
American Robin
KIlldeer
European Starlings
Red-breasted Merganser (male)
“Bib” duck
Red-breasted Merganser (female)
Mallard (female)

Some botany:

Silver Maple (Acer sachharinum)
Honeysuckle (Lonicera)
Manitoba Maple (Acer negundo)
Staghorn Sumac (Rhus typhina)
Trembling Aspen (Populus tremuloides)
Cottonwood (Populus deltoides)
Sweetbrier (Rosa rubiginosa)
Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)
Red Ash (Fraxinus pensylvanica)
Poison Ivy (Toxicodendron rydbergii)
Dame’s Rocket (Hesperis matronalis)
Goldenrod gall
White Spruce (Picea glauca)
Great Burdock (Arctium lappa)
European Pussy Willow (Salix caprea)

NATURE POETRY

We like March, his shoes are purple,
He is new and high
Makes he mud for dog and peddler,
Makes he forest dry.                          – Emily Dickenson (1830–86)

Miles Hearn

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