26th April: Sunday 22nd April was Councillor Joe Mihevc’s Cleanup Day in the ravine. We met as usual under the Glen Cedar footbridge, but set up our table with refreshments away from all the construction equipment for the ongoing re-surfacing and painting of the bridge. Here is the group, with the Councillor at far left. Cait Cuthbert took the photo. More people joined us later, with some 20-30 taking part in total, but the turnout was down from previous years.
This intrepid fellow clambered all the way up the slope, getting his feet very wet in the process, and found a “hang-out” spot, from which he returned with these two bags full of beer cans and bottles, and other assorted trash. Our table can be seen at left. Another guy returned with a large concrete garden urn balanced on his shoulder!
I was disappointed to find plenty of garbage still left to pick up on my usual walk through the park later in the week. However, we did remove many bags of recycling and garbage.
Spring is here at last!
The early flowers are starting to appear. Here is one of the many examples of colt’s foot, always one of the first to appear:
Here is a whole bunch of them under the Bathurst St bridge:
Up near the Ava Rd exit, I found several bunches of crocus, no doubt a garden escapee:
Near the TTC building on Glen Ayr, I found another non-native plant, scylla:
Tree For Me
On Saturday 21st April, we participated with Tree For Me (part of the Toronto Parks & Trees Foundation) at the Wychwood Barns in giving away about 100 young trees and shrubs for people’s gardens. This was postponed from Environment Day the previous Sunday, which was cancelled because of the storm. Friends of Cedarvale had a table in the Farmers’ Market to direct people to the tables outside where the trees were being handed out. This was a very successful venture, which we were pleased to be part of.
We had a busy three days, as on Monday 23rd April Susan, Ivor and I toured the park with Paul Orichefsky, the new park supervisor. Among the many things that caught his sharp eye was one of the TTC entrances:
He was struck by the large boulders encircling the entrance, calling it “Cedarvale’s Stonehenge”. I realized later that the TTC entrance at Ava Rd has similar large boulders around it. Someone must have hauled in a load of boulders when the subway was being constructed in the late 1960s. But do they have a purpose, or are they purely ornamental?
Birding notes from Ken Morin
23rd April: Today’s stroll produced a smattering of migrants. From one end of the park to the other Golden-crowned Kinglets buzzed along the path and landed close at hand. Tiny, kinetic birds that don’t stay in one place for long:
Photos: The Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology
Also, a few Ruby crowned Kinglets:
They are similar, but have a white eye ring and naturally a red striped head. The Wetlands proved to be a happening area. A pair of Eastern Phoebes flew back and forth from the fir trees as is their practice, return to their perch and then bob their tail. In the trickle were two White throated Sparrows poking about for food:
The maple woods offered a Hermit Thrush probing backyard lawns and brush rubble looking for a bite. So, the spring migration is starting to happen. Keep your eyes and ears peeled for new daily arrivals.
Also, what may be a first – a pair of Double crested Cormorants flying overhead as I left the Windley Road exit:
Our next event will be a tree planting with Parks on Saturday 12th May at 10 am. The location is on the slope beside the toboggan run below the park entrance at the intersection of Humewood and Heathdale. The best place to park would likely be at the Phil White Arena. Hope to see you there!