An Eastern Comma Butterfly at Rosetta McClain Gardens

An Eastern Comma Butterfly at Rosetta McClain Gardens

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Late this summer, Bob and I popped down to Rosetta McClain Gardens in Toronto to see if we could discover any birds of note but also to look for Monarch Butterflies given the few that we had seen in our own garden over the summer.  What we found was an Eastern Comma Butterfly on one of the Butterfly Bushes. Read more

Hermit Thrush On The Hunt At Rosetta McClain Gardens

Hermit Thrush On The Hunt At Rosetta McClain Gardens

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Bob and I are never disappointed when we visit Rosetta McClain Gardens in Scarborough.  Serving as an enticing spot for migrating birds to pause and rest after crossing Lake Ontario, the Gardens usually are home to a variety of warblers and other songbirds, if for only brief periods of time.  Many birdwatchers frequent the park to observe the hawks that soar over the Scarborough Bluffs upon which the Gardens are located.  On one of our trips to the Gardens this spring, we were lucky enough to catch up with a couple of Hermit Thrushes (Catharus guttata). Read more

Bank Swallows Building Nests In The Scarborough Bluffs

Bank Swallows Building Nests In The Scarborough Bluffs

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After having discovered the Cliff Swallows that nest at the lakeshore in downtown Toronto, Bob and I were pleasantly surprised to find another colony of swallows that inhabit a section of the Scarborough Bluffs.  These Bank Swallows (Riparia riparia) were found just below the rim of the high, steep banks of the escarpment that stretches along Lake Ontario’s shoreline in the vicinity of Rosetta McClain Gardens. Read more

Baltimore Orioles At Rosetta McClain Gardens

Baltimore Orioles At Rosetta McClain Gardens

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The same day that Bob and I drove downtown in Toronto to watch the Cliff Swallows building their nests, we dropped in at Rosetta McClain Gardens to see what migrating birds were on site.  Over 52 species had been observed there on one occasion recently, and with our cooler spring, we thought many might still be hanging around.  In fact, we only caught up with a pair of Baltimore Orioles (Icterus galbula) and numerous Bank Swallows. Read more

A Twelve-spotted Skimmer Dragonfly At Rosetta McClain Gardens

A Twelve-spotted Skimmer Dragonfly At Rosetta McClain Gardens

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Late one fall morning, Bob and I decided to pack an impromptu picnic and head down to Rosetta McClain Gardens on the Scarborough Bluffs here in Toronto.  We anticipated wonderful views of Lake Ontario as we munched on our modest lunch, but we did not foresee the multitudes of dragonflies that had gathered at the gardens, ones such as this Twelve-spotted Skimmer Dragonfly (Libellula pulchella). Read more

Green Darner Dragonflies At Rosetta McClain Gardens

Green Darner Dragonflies At Rosetta McClain Gardens

Green Darner Dragonfly - closeup on pink flower - Rosetta McClain Gardens - Toronto

When Bob and I dropped into Rosetta McClain Gardens for a brief walkabout, the last thing we expected to see were hundreds of Green Darner Dragonflies (Anax junius) darting in and around the expansive flower beds.  When one such dragonfly lit on a flower head, we had the opportunity for a very close look at its anatomy.   Green Darner Dragonflies can be positively identified by the black bulls-eye in front of their large brown eyes. Read more