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Humber Bay Nature Walk

Today’s nature walk with Miles Hearn was at Humber Bay, a treasure in our bustling city. DSC03352.jpg

There were lots of birds around this morning in a light drizzle – we saw and identified 31 species, including a rufous-sided towhee (isn’t that a great name?) and a golden-crowned kinglet (whose crown looked more reddish than golden). Photography – even my highly ameteurish point-and-shoot photography – was somewhat challenging in the rain, but I got a few pretty good shots.

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Nannyberry AKA Sweet Viburnum

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female cardinal

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grackle

I had never heard of hedge parsley before. There was quite a bit of it growing around the various shrubs at Humber Bay.

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hedge parsley

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motherwort

We found some sea buckthorn. This plant has edible berries in season.

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Sea buckthorn

I’m not very good at identifying the various ducks, but the long-tailed duck is distinctive.

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Long-tailed duck

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Sandbar willow

There are enough tree swallow houses at Humber Bay to support quite a good colony and we saw many of them flying about.

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I’m learning so much on these walks. It’s a great way to spend a couple hours focusing on nature.

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