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A Chilly, Gray Morning at Marie Curtis Park

Mouth of Etobicoke Creek

This morning I met up with naturalist Miles Hearn and his Monday group for a nature walk in Marie Curtis Park and the Arsenal Lands. This marked the last of our walks for the fall session. Miles will continue with a group of winter walks in the new year and then the fabulous spring walks. These are all administered by the Toronto District School Board.

Ring-billed Gull
Many Ring-billed Gulls on the Pier at Marie Curtis Park
Red-breasted Merganser

This late in the season there are not so many birds around in the woods and fields, but the winter ducks like mergansers and bufflehead are making an appearance.

Bufflehead
Many Canada Geese in the bay
Black Duck
Dark-eyed Junco
What kind of ship is this?
These are from a Black Locust tree
Tamarack

We saw a tamarack this morning. In our area there are more larch, the tamarack’s cousin.

There is a great deal of Japanese knotweed in the park

Japanese knotweed (invasive)
Panicled Aster gone to seed
Grape vines climbing that tree
Sound Baffles in the Arsenal Lands
Sound Baffle in the Arsenal Lands
Fallen Oak
The Shagbark Hickory at Marie Curtis Park
Shagbark Hickory
Shagbark Hickory and its sister Black Cherry
Arsenal Lands
Amur Honeysuckle
One of the ponds at the Arsenal Lands

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