Category Archives: High Park

Of beavers, trees and flowers in High Park

Yellow hawkweed (Hieracium caespitosum) inside wire mesh protecting a sapling in High Park. © BCP 2010 Sometimes on my walks I get the feeling that there is scarcely a tree in Toronto that is safe from the ravages of  our hardworking national symbol, the beaver. Certainly the trees in my neck of the urban woods […]

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Sparrow baby?? at High Park

Can anyone help ID this little ball of fluff I saw last week in High Park? © BCP 2010 This little fellow sitting atop a wire fence caught my eye last week when I was staking out the purple martins at High Park. I think he/she’s a baby sparrow, but don’t know what species. When […]

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Red-winged blackbirds in High Park

“But you said I didn’t have to go to flight school today, Dad.” © BCP 2010 Thursday update: Thanks to the folks who wrote to confirm that the little gaffer on the left is a very young red-winged blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus). From Wednesday: I’m hoping that an experienced birder can help me identify the bird […]

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Purple martins return to High Park after a long absence

A male purple martin (Progne subis) arrives back home to his multi-level flat, Monday June 7 in High Park. © BCP 2010 Thanks to the Toronto Star for letting us know that there are two pairs of purple martins now in residence in an avian apartment complex situated on the south shore of Grenadier Pond […]

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