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Beechwood Nature Walk

I recently signed up for a series of nature walks through the local school board. There will be 9 walks in this session, one each week, and each walk at a different location in the Toronto area. Today was the first walk and it took place in the Beechwood/Crother’s Woods section of the Don Valley.

Our leader is Miles Hearn, a very knowledgeable fellow indeed, with a keen ear for bird songs. Many times he would hear a bird first, and announce what it was before we caught a glimpse of it. Miles maintains an excellent website where he publishes a report on all the nature walks he leads. He already has one up for today’s walk.

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bald-face hornet nest

I didn’t now what to expect on a nature walk this early in the spring, with very little greening up yet. I was surprised and fascinated at how many interesting things you can find on an early spring walk.

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Mallard in the Don River

This area of the Don Valley was once home to a paper mill, but these days the land has been reclaimed for nature and bicycle trails. There is also a fenced facility near where we parked for police dog training.

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early season garlic mustard

Fifteen fairly common species of birds were identified, nothing unexpected or exotic.

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male cardinal

Here’s an assortment of other photos I snapped today with my handy little Sony point and shoot camera. Hover your mouse over individual photos or click on them for caption.

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