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Yellow-throated Vireo at Beechwood / Don Valley: April 18, 2019

Though I was unable to get a good photo of this morning’s Yellow-throated Vireo, the bird had all of the markings of this species: bright yellow throat, white wing bars and yellow “spectacles”.

Yellow-throated Vireo
Yellow-throated Vireo
Yellow-throated Vireo
Yellow-throated Vireo
Yellow-throated Vireo

Here is a photo from the National Audubon Society:

Yellow-throated Vireos are uncommon in mature deciduous forests. They feed on insects and larvae gleaned from leaves which is what these (there were two) were doing.

Today’s species list: double-crested cormorant, mallard, wood duck, red-tailed hawk, herring gull, ring-billed gull, downy woodpecker, hairy woodpecker, eastern phoebe,  tree swallow, Carolina wren, brown creeper, American robin, golden-crowned kinglet, ruby-crowned kinglet,  yellow-throated vireo, red-winged blackbird, brown-headed cowbird, northern cardinal, American goldfinch, song sparrow.  (21 species)

Mallards
Song Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Brown-headed Cowbird (male)
Golden-crowned Kinglet

Golden-crowned Kinglets always show the golden crown but female Ruby-crowned Kinglets do not have a ruby crown and the males do not always display it:

Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Red-winged Blackbird (male)
Brown Creeper
American Robin

This morning’s group on a mild (13 degrees at the start) and cloudy morning:

Some scenes from the area:

Some early spring botany:

Choke Cherry (Prunus virginiana)
Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica)
Trout-lily (Erythronium americanum)
Virginia Waterleaf (Hydrophyllum virginianum)

NATURE POETRY

Oh, well the world is dreaming 
Under the April Moon, 
Her soul in love with beauty, 
Her senses all a-swoon!          – William Bliss Carman (1861–1929) 

Miles Hearn