Category Archives: Nature Walk Reports

Beechwood / Don Valley: October 22, 2018

10 degrees and sun / cloud mix at the start.

 
Bird Highlight: Song Sparrow

Song Sparrow

Botany Highlight: Sugar Maple

Sugar maple (Acer saccharum)

Species list: mallard, red-tailed hawk,  black-capped chickadee, downy woodpecker, white-breasted nuthatch, common raven, American robin, golden-crowned kinglet, northern cardinal, American goldfinch, white-throated sparrow, song sparrow (12 species)

Daisy Fleabane (Erigeron annuus)

Hawthorn (Crataegus)

Indian Grass (Sorghastrum nutans)

Black-capped Chickadee

Red Maple (Acer rubrum)

Large-leaved Aster (Eurybia macrophylla)

False Solomon-seal (Maianthemum racemosum)

Red-tailed Hawk

White Oak (Quercus alba)

Mallards (females)

Zigzag Goldenrod (Solidago flexicaulis)

Miles Hearn

                                          NATURE POETRY

Fresh October brings the pheasant;
Then to gather nuts is pleasant.     

– Sara Coleridge (1802–52)

 

High Park: October 20, 2018

11 degrees and sun / cloud mix at the start.

 
Bird Highlight: Golden-crowned Kinglet

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Botany Highlight: Glossy Buckthorn

Glossy Buckthorn (Frangula alnus)

Species list: mallard, wood duck, northern shoveler, sharp-shinned hawk, ring-billed gull, hairy woodpecker, blue jay, black-capped chickadee, white-breasted nuthatch, American robin, ruby-crowned kinglet, golden-crowned kinglet, yellow-rumped warbler, house sparrow, northern cardinal, white-throated sparrow. (16 species)

Horse-chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum)

Sky-blue Aster (Symphyotrichum oolentangiense)

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Wood Duck (male)

Wood Duck (female)

Northern Shoveler (male)

Coyote

Miles Hearn

                                             NATURE POETRY

Here was October, here
Was ruddy October, the old harvester,
Wrapped like a beggared sachem in a coat
Of tattered tanager and partridge feathers.

– Stephen Vincent Benét (1898–1943)

 

Sunnybrook Park: October 19, 2018

10 degrees and cloudy at the start.

 
Bird Highlight: White-throated Sparrow

White-throated Sparrow

Botany Highlight: Spindle Tree and Winged Euonymus

Spindle Tree (Euonymus europaea)

Winged Euonymus (Euonymus alata)

Species list: mallard, red-tailed hawk, mourning dove, northern flicker, hairy woodpecker, downy woodpecker,  blue jay, American crow, black-capped chickadee, white-breasted nuthatch, brown creeper, American robin, ruby-crowned kinglet, northern cardinal, American goldfinch, white-throated sparrow. (16 species)

Mushrooms

Mallard (female)

Salmon

Black-capped Chickadee

Red-tailed Hawk

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Miles Hearn

                                          NATURE POETRY

Through golden noons and purple eves, and shadows cool and tender,
From scenes of tranquil happiness and dreams of deep delight,
October like a princess in her oriental splendor
Comes down the valley singing with her retinue of light.

– Kate Brownlee Sherwood (1841–1914)

Lambton Woods: October 18. 2018

4 degrees and overcast at the start. 

 
Bird Highlight: Lesser Yellowlegs

Lesser Yellowlegs

Lesser Yellowlegs

Lesser Yellowlegs

Botany Highlight: Linden

Linden (Tilia cordata)

Species list: great blue heron, Canada goose, mallard, American black duck, red-tailed hawk, lesser yellowlegs, killdeer, ring-billed gull, herring gull, mourning dove, belted kingfisher,  northern flicker, hairy woodpecker, downy woodpecker, eastern phoebe, blue jay, black-capped chickadee, white-breasted nuthatch, ruby-crowned kinglet, American robin, cedar waxwing, red-winged blackbird, common grackle, northern cardinal, rose-breasted grosbeak, American goldfinch, dark-eyed junco,  white-throated sparrow, song sparrow. (30 species)

Joe-pye-weed (Eutrochium maculatum)

Mourning Dove

Witch-hazel (Hamamelis virginiana)

Great Blue Heron

American Black Duck

Miles Hearn

                                       NATURE POETRY

the sun,
track of its steps through the picture,
colour-acts,
axe-blows of black,
spiral of green,
yellow tree and its blazing fruit,
blue,
and its birds assaulting the white,
space,
martyred by ideas,
tattooed by passion.

– Octavio Paz (1914-1998)

Sunnybrook Park: October 17, 2018

6 degrees and cloudy at the start.

 
Bird Highlight: Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Botany Highlight: Spindle Tree

Spindle Tree (Euonymus europaea)

Species list: red-tailed hawk, northern flicker, hairy woodpecker, blue jay, American crow, black-capped chickadee, white-breasted nuthatch, American robin, hermit thrush, ruby-crowned kinglet, northern cardinal, white-throated sparrow. (12 species)

Inky Cap mushrooms

Salmon

Mantoba Maple (Acer negundo)

Mushrooms

Miles Hearn

                                     NATURE POETRY

Listen! the wind is rising, and the air is wild with leaves,
We have had our summer evenings, now for October eves!

– Humbert Wolfe (1886–1940)

Rouge Hills: October 16, 2018

5 degrees and overcast at the start

Bird Highlight: Turkey Vulture

Turkey Vulture

Botany Highlight: Wild Ginger

Wild-ginger (Asarum canadense)

Species list: great blue heron, turkey vulture, blue jay, common raven, white-breasted nuthatch, black-capped chickadee, ruby-crowned kinglet,  American robin, hermit thrush, northern cardinal, dark-eyed junco, white-throated sparrow, song sparrow. (13 species)

Riverbank Grape (Vitis riparia)

Soapwort (Saponaria officinalis)

Staghorn Sumac (Rhus typhina)

Sensitive Fern

Dog-strangling Vine (Vincetoxicum rossicum)

Zigzag Goldenrod (Solidago flexicaulis)

False Gromwell (Marbleweed) Lithospermum molle

Miles Hearn

                                            NATURE POETRY

The trees are in their autumn beauty,
The woodland paths are dry,
Under the October twilight the water
Mirrors a still sky.

– William Butler Yeats (1865–1939)

High Park: October 15, 2018

11 degrees and raining at the start.

 
Bird Highlight: Wood Duck

Wood Ducks

Botany Highlight: White Oak

White Oak (Quercus alba)

Species list: mute swan, mallard, wood duck, northern shoveler, rock pigeon, downy woodpecker, blue jay, black-capped chickadee, white-breasted nuthatch, American robin, ruby-crowned kinglet, house sparrow, northern cardinal, white-throated sparrow. (14 species)

Sheep Fescue grass with Willow leaf

Flowering Cherry (Prunus serrulata)

Sky Blue Aster (Symphyotrichum oolentangiense)

mostly Sassafras (Sassafras albidum)

New England Aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae)

Mallard (male)

Ginkgo fruit (Ginkgo biloba)

Miles Hearn

                                                    NATURE POETRY

A birdnote sounding here and there,
A bloom, where leaves are brown and sober,
Warm noons, and nights with frosty air,
And loaded wagons say, October.  
 – Thomas Collier (1842–93)