5th December: On Sunday 26th November, I received a Canada 150 Community Service Award on behalf of Friends of Cedarvale. It was a pin, made from copper taken from the old roof of the Parliament building; and a certificate. Here I am with the Hon Carolyn Bennett after the ceremony at Christ Church Deer Park. Two members of our Steering Committee were in attendance to celebrate the award with me: Susan Aaron and Ivor Simmons, as well as my wife Ilene Cummings.
New benches arrive in Cedarvale
After looking at empty concrete plinths for several months, I was glad to see three new benches arrive in the park recently. This one is near the tennis courts:
I apologize for the blurry closeup of the inscription below. It is a Spanish quotation by Pedro Calderon de la Barca, and reads, “Toda la vida es sueno, y los suenos, suenos son” (all life is a dream, and dreams themselves are only dreams).
This one is next to the small wetland area across from the tennis courts:
Here is the inscription:
This one is on the path down from Humewood:
Here is the text:
And this one is the last remaining empty plinth, still awaiting its bench. It is next to the dog park:
There appears to be no news on when construction will resume in the dog park, or when it will begin on the Glen Cedar footbridge. By the way, there will be a celebration of the winter solstice on said bridge on the evening of Thursday 21st December. I will post more details when available.
Birding notes from Ken Morin
Today was a banner day for birds in the park. Warm weather and sunshine seem to have loosened those hiding away, or maybe it was just such a glorious day to be out and about. Here’s today’s tally from my morning walk.
Downy Woodpecker 3
Hairy Woodpecker 1 Both varieties entered holes in stumps, assume their nests
Brown Creeper 1 a surprise! haven’t seen one in ages
House Finch 3
Red Tailed Hawk 1 seen swooping over the Bathurst Bridge
Ring billed Gull 1
White throated Sparrow 1
House Sparrow 6 with many chirping in the marsh
House Wren 1
Blue Jay 1 seen, several heard voicing their raucous call.
Again the Rocks seem to be a popular locale; stop and look over the cattails to the rear vegetation and up the conifers, probably 4 or 5 different types showed up.
Also, every once in a while – eyes to the sky for Hawks. They are migrating still and you never know what might fly by.
Keep looking for our feathered friends and listening too. Not much singing but chip, clacks and other sounds can indicate birds are present. A Black capped Chickadee is always a good sign; generally there are other species in the area when one of these are sighted. They are one of the few birds that let you know their presence with song and nearness of approach. I may take to feeding them this winter, which I heard was going to be cold and snow filled.