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Hungry Birds in High Park: September 22, 2020

There is an area in High Park where some birds are used to being fed:

Rock Pigeons and House Sparrows

Chickadees, Nuthatches and even a Downy Woodpecker are very trusting:

Black-capped Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Downy Woodpecker (male)

Of course, the Mallards want to join in:

Mallards
Mallards

Other birds:

House Sparrow (female) with Yew cone
House Sparrow (female) with Yew cone
House Sparrow (female)
Red-winged Blackbird (juvenile)
Double-crested Cormorant (juvenile)
Mute Swan
Wood Ducks
Wood Duck (female)
Wood Duck (male)
Wood Duck (male)
Wood Duck (male)
Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron
Brown Creeper

Species list: great blue heron, double-crested cormorant, Canada goose, mallard, wood duck, ring-billed gull, rock pigeon, downy woodpecker, blue jay, American crow, black-capped chickadee, red-breasted nuthatch, white-breasted nuthatch, brown creeper, house sparrow, red-winged blackbird, common grackle, northern cardinal, American goldfinch, song sparrow. (20 species)

Park views:

Sugar Maple
Japanese Beetle on Grape leaf
Red-eared Slider, an invasive species. Unfortunately released by people when they no longer want them as pets. 
Red-eared Slider, an invasive species. Unfortunately released by people when they no longer want them as pets. 

Some botany:

Barnyard Grass (Echinochloa crusgalli)
Canada Goldenrod (Solidago canadensis)
Ragweed (Ambrosia artemisifolia)
Pale-leaved Sunflower (Helianthus decapetalus)
Panicled Tick-trefoil (Desmodium paniculatum)
Sassafras (Sassafras albidum)
Winged Euonymus (Euonymus alata)
Winged Euonymus (Euonymus alata)
Buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica)
False Solomon Seal (Maianthemum racemosum)
Purple-stemmed Aster (Symphyotrichum puniceum)
Purple-stemmed Aster (Symphyotrichum puniceum)
Sky-blue Aster (Symphyotrichum oolentandiense)
Huckleberry (Gaylussacia baccata)
Poison Ivy (Toxicodendron rydbergii)
Poison Ivy (Toxicodendron rydbergii)
Cup Plant (Silphium perfoliatum)
Three Square Sedge
Black Cherry sap

Today’s groups:

morning
afternoon

NATURE POETRY

  And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core;
    To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells
  With a sweet kernel; to set budding more,
And still more, later flowers for the bees – Keats

Miles Hearn