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Many Colourful Plants and Butterflies at Beechwood / Don Valley: August 1 , 2019

There were so many glorious plants this morning on this 24 degree, sunny morning that I have put about 40 species into today’s post plus some butterflies and some birds.

Pointed-leaf Tick-trefoil (Hylodesmum glutinosum)
Heal-all (Prunella vulgaris)
Red Elderberry (Sambucus racemosa)
Large-leaved Aster (Eurybia macrophylla)
Red Baneberry (Actaea rubra)
False Solomon-seal (Maianthemum racemosum)
Witch-hazel (Hamamelis virginiana)
May-apple (Podophyllum peltatum)
Apple (Malus)
European Highbush-cranberry (Viburnum opulus)
Choke Cherry (Prunus virginiana)
Tent Caterpillar on Choke Cherry (Prunus virginiana)

Honeysuckle can have either red or range berries:

Tartarian Honeysuckle (Lonicera tatarica)
Tartarian Honeysuckle (Lonicera tatarica)
Teasel (Dipsacus fullonum)
Monarch on Teasel (Dipsacus fullonum)
Red Admiral on Teasel (Dipsacus fullonum)
Ragweed (Ambrosia artemisifolia)
Staghorn Sumac (Rhus typhina)
White Cabbage Butterfly
Cedar-hawthorn rust on Hawthorn (Crataegus)
Field Sow-thistle (Sonchus arvensis)
White Spruce (Picea glauca)
Fragrant Sumac (Rhus aromatica)
Red Admiral on Daisy Fleabane (Erigeron annuus)
Monarch on Spotted Knapweed (Centaurea stoebe)
Tansy (Tanacetum vulgare)
Canada Thistle (Cirsium arvense)
Monarch
Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica)
Reed Canary Grass (Phalaris arundinacea)
Agrimony (Agrimonia gryposepala)
St. John’s-wort (Hypericum perforatum)
Purple Loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria)
Yellow Sweet-clover (Melilotus officinalis)
Sunflower (Helianthus)
Great Burdock (Arctium lappa)
Purple-flowering Raspberry (Rubus ororatus)
Painted Lady
Chicory (Cichorium intybus)
Bull Thistle (Cirsium vulgare)
White Vervain (Verbena urticifolia)
Birdfoot Trefoil (Lotus corniculatus)
Question Mark Butterfly on walker’s leg

Park Scenes:

Species list: Canada goose, mallard, red-tailed hawk, hairy woodpecker, gray catbird, American robin, cedar waxwing, red-winged blackbird, northern cardinal, rose-breasted grosbeak, indigo bunting, American goldfinch, song sparrow.  (13 species)

Red-winged Blackbird (female)
Canada Goose family
Cedar Waxwing
Cedar Waxwing
Rose-breasted Grosbeak (juvenile)
Indigo Bunting (male)
American Goldfinch (male)
American Goldfinch (male)

This morning’s group:

NATURE POETRY

2 Haiku by Basho

The old pond- 
a frog jumps in,
sound of water.

stillness—
sinking into the rocks,
cicadas’ cry

Miles Hearn