It sounds as though the record is stuck on the turntable I know, but due to government-imposed lockdown in the Province of Ontario, we are not venturing far afield. There is much of interest to be found locally, however, so please join me to look at what we have been seeing in the Kitchener-Waterloo area.
It seems to enjoy our company for it puts in an appearance several times a day - or do you think it might just be for the food?
Caspian Terns (Hydroprogne caspia) have returned to grace our waterways and we saw our first individual of the year patrolling up and down the river, plunging in to capture fish, to great success based on our observation.
It is not often that we see Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) on the ground but this male seemed to have business there.
Our skills as botanists are rudimentary, but improving, happily, and you will indulge me I am sure while I present a few woodland plants.
Common Blue Violet (Viola sororia), also known as Wooly Blue Violet, is found in colours ranging from purple to white.
There are several species of Wood-sorel (Genus Oxalis) dotted throughout the woodlands of southern Ontario, and this is one of them. Based on the many references I have consulted I think it is Oxyalis griffithii. Confirmation would be welcomed.
Fawn Lily (Genus Erythronium) was not hard to spot, and is a delightful component of a woodland stroll.
Cut-leaved Toothwort (Cardamine concatenata is a classic plant of moist woodlands, always a joy to locate and emblematic of the habitat.
My trivial and superficial journey into the world of plants will bring you pleasure, I hope; it does for me as I search, discover and learn, but if you wish to get to know a talented botanist, overflowing with knowledge, a dedicated environmentalist with a first rate blog, please visit my great friend Juan Tarrero Sarabia here.
Blue Jays (Cyanocitta cristata) are nothing short of ubiquitous this year and at times there are as many as ten in our yard.
I am sure you will vicariously share in our joy at having so many of these wonderfully attractive birds visit us.
A couple of days earlier we had set out oranges and grape jelly in anticipation of the arrival of the first Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula) so we were elated to see this handsome male arrive.
Ground Ivy (Glechoma hederacea), sometimes called Gill-over-the-ground is common throughout our area.
Birding was in general a little slow, but this Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) surveyed the world from a loft perch.
The most disappointing, but very predictable, facet of our walk was to observe, over and over again, the impact of that highly destructive animal Homo ignoramus disgusticus.
There are houses alongside the creek through one section, all well-maintained, with pride of ownership visible for all to see. One homeowner had replaced his fence, only to have it bedaubed with graffiti mere days later.
Why the idiots in our society think it's okay to vandalize the property of others is quite beyond my level of understanding. And what satisfaction they derive from doing it I am incapable of figuring out.
Several Myrtle Warblers (Setophaga coronata) were flitting around gleaning insects, and it was hard to focus the camera on them before they moved again. This is not a very good picture but it was the best that I could get.