Category Archives: Nature Walk Reports

Lambton Woods, September 23, 2017

23 degrees and sunny at the start.

Bird Highlight: Hairy Woodpecker

Hairy Woodpecker (male)

Botany Highlight: Clotbur

Cocklebur (Xanthium strumarium)

Species list: double-crested cormorant, Canada goose, mallard, Cooper’s hawk, red-tailed hawk, killdeer, ring-billed gull, downy woodpecker,  blue jay, American crow, black-capped chickadee, white-breasted nuthatch, gray catbird, American robin, Canada warbler, common grackle, house sparrow, northern cardinal. (18 species)

Killdeer

Wood Nettle (Laportea canadensis)

Northern Flickers

Spotted Jewelweed (Impatiens capensis)

Mallard (female)

Great Burdock (Arctium lappa)

Double-crested Cormorant

Norway Maple (Acer platanoides)

Downy Woodpecker (male)

Purple-stemmed Aster (Symphyotrichum puniceum)

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High Park, September 22, 2017

23 degrees and sunny at the start.

Bird Highlight: American Black Duck

American Black Duck

Botany Highlight: Sky-blue Aster

Sky-blue Aster (Symphyotrichum oolentangiense)

Species list: mute swan, mallard, American black duck, gadwall, wood duck, red-tailed hawk, ring-billed gull,  downy woodpecker,  blue jay,, white-breasted nuthatch, house sparrow, northern cardinal, white-throated sparrow. (13 species)

Pale-leaved Sunflower (Helianthus decapetalus)

New England Aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae) with Monarch butterfly

Maple-leaved Viburnum (Viburnum acerifolium)

Sassafras (Sassafras albidum)

Purple-stemmed Aster (Symphyotrichum puniceum)

Red-tailed Hawk

PHOTOS by LILLIAN NATALIZIO

Big Bluestem

Wood Duck (male)

Red-tailed Hawk

Monarch Butterfly

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Seton Park, September 21, 2017

23 degrees and sunny at the start.

Bird Highlight: American Goldfinch

American Goldfinches

Botany Highlight: Buttonbush

Buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis)

Species list: mallard, red-tailed hawk, northern flicker, downy woodpecker,  blue jay, black-capped chickadee, white-breasted nuthatch, American robin, European starling, common grackle, northern cardinal, American goldfinch, white-throated sparrow, song sparrow. (14 species)

Bull Thistle (Cirsium vulgare) with bee and Painted Lady butterfly 

Dog-strangling Vine with English Garden Snail

Red-tailed Hawk

Maple Leaf with grasshopper

Norway Maple leaf with black tar spot

White Spruce (Picea glauca)

Spindle Tree (Euonymus europaea)

Mallard (male)

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Beechwood / Don Valley, September 20, 2017

23 degrees and sunny at the start.

Bird Highlight: Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Botany Highlight: Virginia Creeper

Virginia Creeper (Parthenocissus inserta)

Species list: double-crested cormorant, Canada goose, mallard, wood duck, red-tailed hawk, osprey, hairy woodpecker, downy woodpecker,  blue jay, black-capped chickadee, white-breasted nuthatch, American robin, northern cardinal, American goldfinch, song sparrow. (15 species)

Spearscale (Atriplex patula)

Double-crested Cormoroant

Ragweed (Ambrosia artemisifolia)

Riverbank Grape (Vitis riparia)

Panicled Aster (Symphyotrichum lanceolatum)

White Campion (Silene latifolia)

Himalayan Balsam (Impatiens glandulifera)

Wood Duck (female)

Dryad’s Saddle

Evening Primrose (Oenothera)

Purple-stemmed Aster (puniceum)

Canada Geese

Japanese Hops (Humulus japonicus)

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Sunnybrook Park, September 19, 2017

23 degrees and sunny at the start.

 

Bird Highlight: Downy Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker (male)

Botany Highlight: Hog Peanut

Hog Peanut (Amphicarpaea bracteata)

Species list: Canada goose, northern flicker, hairy woodpecker, downy woodpecker,  blue jay, black-capped chickadee, white-breasted nuthatch, European starling, parula warbler, northern cardinal, American goldfinch. (11 species)

European Buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica)

Dog-strangling Vine (Vincetoxicum rossicum)

Butter and Eggs (Linaria vulgaris)

Pale Jewelweed (Impatiens pallida)

Red Osier Dogwood (Cornus servicea)

Flat-topped Aster (Doellingeria umbellata)

Highbush Cranberry (Viburnum trilobum)

Burning Bush Euonymus (Euonymus alata)

Himalayan Balsam (Impatiens glandulifera)

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Lambton Woods, September 18, 2017

22 degrees and sunny at the start.

Bird Highlight: Common Raven

Common Ravens in Nipigon, Ontario

Botany Highlight: Calico Aster

Calico Aster (Symphyotrichum lateriflorum)

Species list:  Canada goose, mallard, killdeer, ring-billed gull, northern flicker, hairy woodpecker, downy woodpecker, blue jay, American crow, common raven, black-capped chickadee, white-breasted nuthatch, gray catbird, red-winged blackbird, northern cardinal, American goldfinch. (16 species)

Mallard (male)

Purple-stemmed Aster (Symphyotrichum puniceum)

Black Walnut (Juglans nigra)

Red-winged Blackbird (male)

Beggar Ticks (Bidens frondosa)

Zig Zag Goldenrod (Solidago flexicaulis)

Spotted Jewelweed (Impatiens capensis)

American Robin

Bottle Brush Grass (Elymus hystrix)

Downy Woodpecker (female)

The following are photos by Karen Blumel:

Jewelweed

Insect on Sumac

Pale-leaved Sunflower

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Rouge Hills, September 16, 2017

18 degrees and sunny at the start.

Bird Highlight: Trumpeter Swan

Trumpeter Swan

Botany Highlight: Pale-leaved Sunflower

Pale-leaved Sunflower (Helianthus decapetalus)

Species list: great blue heron, trumpeter swan, Canada goose, red-tailed hawk, northern harrier, hairy woodpecker, downy woodpecker, blue jay, American crow, common raven, black-capped chickadee, white-breasted nuthatch, gray catbird, common grackle, northern cardinal, American goldfinch. (16 species)

Staghorn Sumac (Rhus typhina)

Dog-strangling Vine (Vincetoxicum rossicum)

Smooth aster (Symphyotrichum laeve)

Canada Goldenrod (Solidago canadensis)

New England Aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae)

Dog Day Cicada

grasshopper

Green Frog

Great Blue Heron

Carrion Flower fruit (Smilax herbacea)

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