Category Archives: Nature Walk Reports

Cedar Waxwing and Mourning Cloak: April 2021

Birdwatching is more difficult in heavily forest areas than in park-like areas such as Humber Bay. On this day, I visited lower Highland Creek and started to wonder if I would ever find a photographable bird.

Moss on fallen log

There were a few on the creek,

Mallard (male)
American Robin
Canada Goose

and some loudly singing Song Sparrows and Robins.

Song Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Song Sparrow
American Robin

Eventually I heard the thin lispy tsee of the Cedar Waxwing. What beautiful creatures these are!

Cedar Waxwing
Cedar Waxwing
Cedar Waxwing
Cedar Waxwing

Other birds:

Black-capped Chickadee
Hairy Woodpecker (male)
Hairy Woodpeckers (male)
Eastern Phoebe

There were also several Mourning Cloak Butterflies. I have been seeing this species already for several weeks:

Mourning Cloak
Mourning Cloak

Some botany:

Christmas Fern
Choke Cherry (Prunus virginiana)
Spindletree (Euonymus europaea)
Spindletree (Euonymus europaea)
Celandine (Chelidonium majus)
Black Alder (Alnus glutinosa)

NATURE POETRY

Spring-time sweet!
The whole Earth smiles,

Thy coming to greet.      – Unknown

Miles Hearn