Choke Cherries

Choke Cherries

Tartarian Honeysuckle

Tartarian Honeysuckle

On Wednesday afternoon (August 14) I walked the Trans-Canada Trail west from the foot path that goes up the steep hill to the bottom of Wallis Drive, past the  blue bridge (near the pumping station entrance point on Parkhill Road at Ravenwood) to about 100 metres west of the orange bridge at Lily Lake. A number of wildflowers continue to bloom and most of the shrubs are heavily laden with fruit.  In 40 minutes, however, I only saw two butterflies and, of course, no Monarchs.


White:  Virgin’s Bower (vine that drapes itself over other plants, shrubs; esp. west of Lily Lake bridge), Flat-topped White Aster, Queen Anne’s Lace (a few), White Sweet Clover (a few), a few Red-osier Dogwoods were reblooming

Yellow: Black-eye Susan (abundant between the two bridges; probably planted from seed since it’s in the disturbed section; not attracting any insects; probably sterile), Canada Goldenrod (abundant), Grass-leaved Goldenrod, scattered Evening Primrose

Pink/mauve: Joe-pye Weed (east of blue bridge), Bouncing Bet, Purple Loosestrife (abundant in marsh between Lily Lake and Ackison Road), Bull Thistle (in with Black-eyed Susan; some has gone to seed and is being eaten by American Goldfinches), Large-leaved Aster (in shade; several), Fireweed (a few)

Purple: New England Aster (one only)

Orange:  Touch-me-not (Spotted Jewelweed)

Green: Ragweed


White: Red-osier Dogwood

Orange: Tartarian Honeysuckle (a few), American High-bush Cranberry, Climbing Bitter-sweet (yellow-orange)

Red: Tartarian Honeysuckle (abundant), American High-bush Cranberry, Staghorn Sumac, Choke Cherry,

Blue: Wild Grape, Silky Dogwood

Black: European Buckthorn

Green: Wild Cucumber pods, Common Milkweed pods


Red/burgandy: some of the Red-osier Dogwood and Virginia Creeper, many of the Red Maples at Lily Lake, some of the Nannyberry and American High-bush Cranberry

Orange: a few leaves on Sugar Maple, some of the Red Maples at Lily Lake

Yellow: Sensitive Fern, Spreading Dogbane


Birds: American Goldfinch, American Robin, Song Sparrow, European Starling, Northern Cardinal, Common Grackle, Eastern Kingbird, Cedar Waxwing, American Black Duck

Insects: ground-crickets calling non-stop, Fall Field Crickets calling occasionally, tree-crickets (toad-like, high-pitched non-stop call), Dog-Day Cicada calling, Carolina Locusts flying up from path flashing black and yellow on wings, one White Admiral butterfly, numerous White-faced Meadowhawks (a red or yellow, small dragonfly)

 Amphibians: Northern Leopard Frog (several, in grassy verge)

Categories: Sightings

Drew Monkman

I am a retired teacher, naturalist and writer with a love for all aspects of the natural world, especially as they relate to seasonal change.