Category Archives: Woodbine Park

The blackbirds are back — spring’s here at last!

A male red-winged blackbird claims his territory in Woodbine Park Thursday, March 17, by calling “konk-a-ree,” flashing his red epaulettes and spreading his tail feathers. © BCP 2011 I heard my first loud “konk-a-ree” a few days ago when I was out sniffing the air (mmm – mud!) and searching for signs of spring. Oh […]

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Beauty arrives, then moves on

My last picture of Sweet C16, taken after the sun set at the pond at Woodbine Park Tuesday, Nov. 9. © BCP 2010 There’s a double beauty whenever a swan Swims on a lake with her double thereon. — Thomas Hood I selected the words above to be today’s quote in honour of the lovely […]

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Trumpeting a new visitor to the Beach

Sweet C16, a young female trumpeter swan, has joined us at Woodbine Park in the Beach. © BCP 2010 What’s this? A new swan has taken up residence, if only temporarily, in a tiny man-made pond at Woodbine Park (near Coxwell Ave. and Lakeshore Blvd. E.). We’re used to seeing the mute swans (Cygnus olor) […]

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Woodbine Park irises — not really wild, but naturally beautiful

Irises (Iris germanica?) in Woodbine Park on the first day of June. © BCP 2010 Since this website is supposed to be about what is wild in our city, I guess you could say I am cheating a bit here. The irises  above, after all, aren’t wild. They are the work of the wonderful gardeners […]

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Phragmites (the common reed) in Woodbine Park: Phriend or phoe?

Common reeds, Phragmites australis, by the fountain in the reflecting pond at Woodbine Park May 30, 2010. © BCP 2010 Is it my imagination, or do the reed beds in Woodbine Park keep getting bigger? At first, I was a huge fan of these reeds. (If my research powers are intact since my recent European […]

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