Living in or just outside the cattails at the Uxbridge-Scott Museum, Uxbridge, Ontario
Uxbridge - the town just east of East Gwillimbury - was settled at the turn of the 18th century by Quakers. One way Uxbridge celebrates its heritage is to house many artifacts in its museum, a collection of historical buildings. To the south of the buildings is a small wetlands that's very popular with red-winged blackbirds. Noisy blackbirds. Bossy blackbirds, too, that try to scare all intruders.
But I was brave...very brave. I wandered into the edge of the wetlands and found these, starting with the largest square and moving clockwise: red-winged blackbird, very aged cattail, budding black-eyed Susan, red-osier dogwood (still in flower, even though many berries have already formed and turned white!), greater plantain, and St. John's-wort.
I've included the botanical names as common names often vary from place to place:
cattail - Typha latifolia
black-eyed Susan - Rudbeckia serotina
red osier dogwood - Cornus servicea
greater plantain- Plantago major
St. John's-wort - Hypericum perforatum
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