Catbirds at the Guild Inn: May 11, 2022

The Gray Catbird is a familiar bird about suburban hedges in southern Ontario. Its call is a catlike “meuw” and its song a musical medley with few repeated phrases. We heard several singing this morning.

Gray Catbird
Gray Catbird
Gray Catbird
Gray Catbird
Gray Catbird

Other birds:

Mallard (female)
European Starling
Song Sparrow
American Robin
Northern Flicker
Northern Flicker
Baltimore Oriole (male)
Northern Flicker

Red-headed Woodpecker

Thank-you to a group member who alertly spotted a Red-headed Woodpecker – a first for these TDSB walks. Here are some on-line photos:

Red-headed Woodpecker (photo: publicdomainepictures.net)
Red-headed Woodpecker (photo: photo.net)

Some botany:

Coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara)
Serviceberry (Amelanchier)
Basswood (Tilia americana)
Coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara)
Red Maple (Acer rubra)
English Violet (Viola odorata)
Cleavers (Galium aparine)
Red Ash (Fraxinus pensylvanica)
Periwinkle (Vinca minor)
American Beech (Fagus grandifolia)
Sensitive Fern
Cow-parsnip (Heracleum maximum)
Red Raspberry (Rubus strigosus)
Doll’s Eyes (Actaea pachypoda)
White Trillium (Trillium grandiflorum)

Bluffs image:

Today’s group:

MAILBOX

Thank-you to Kathy Ross for these Trillium photos!

White Trillium (photo; Kathy Ross)
White Trillium (photo; Kathy Ross)

NATURE POETRY

How soon hath Time, the subtle thief of youth,
Stol’n on his wing my three-and-twentieth year!
My hasting days fly on with full career,
But my late spring no bud or blossom shew’th.        – John Milton (1608–74)

Miles Hearn

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