Car smash-up \ Scarborough Bluffs, May 5, 2016

I’m fine, but this has not been my year! After a major ship fire and abandon ship in November, I was seriously rear ended by a Ford Blazer whose driver was fleeing police on my way home this morning. As you can see from this photo the car will not recover.

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Scarborough Bluffs

Scarborough Bluffs

Scarborough Bluffs

12 degrees and overcast at the start
Bird Highlight: yellow warbler
Yellow Warbler

Yellow Warbler

Botany Highlight: garlic mustard

Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata)

Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata)

Species list: double-crested cormorant, trumpeter swan, Canada goose, mallard, long-tailed duck,  red-tailed hawk, killdeer, herring gull, ring-billed gull, common tern, rock pigeon, mourning dove, chimney swift, belted kingfisher, northern flicker, downy woodpecker, eastern kingbird, tree swallow, rough-winged swallow, blue jay, American crow, black-capped chickadee, white-breasted nuthatch, carolina wren, American robin, blue-grey gnatcatcher, ruby-crowned kinglet,  European starling, warbling vireo, nashville warbler, yellow warbler, yellow-rumped warbler, house sparrow, red-winged blackbird, baltimore oriole, common grackle, brown-headed cowbird, northern cardinal, house finch, American goldfinch, white-crowned sparrow,  white-throated sparrow, song sparrow.  (42 species)
Yellow Violet (Violet pubescens)

Yellow Violet (Violet pubescens)

Forget-Me-Not (Myosotis)

Forget-Me-Not (Myosotis)

White-crowned Sparrow (photo: Heather Pantrey)

White-crowned Sparrow (photo: Heather Pantrey)

Goutweed (Aegopodium podagraria)

Goutweed (Aegopodium podagraria)

Killdeer

Killdeer

Canada Goldenrod (Solidago canadensis)

Canada Goldenrod (Solidago canadensis)

Colsfoot (Tussilago farfara)

Colsfoot (Tussilago farfara)

Eurasian Pussy Willow (Salix caprea)

Eurasian Pussy Willow (Salix caprea)

Eastern Kingbird (photo: Heather Pantrey)

Eastern Kingbird (photo: Heather Pantrey)

Cleavers (Galium aparine)

Cleavers (Galium aparine)

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4 thoughts on “Car smash-up \ Scarborough Bluffs, May 5, 2016

  1. Cathy Leask

    Hello Miles,

    So sorry to hear about you terrible accident. Glad you seem to be okay but it must have been quite an impact.

    I was planning to come on the High Park walk tomorrow but just checking that you will be able to make it. I suspect you will be, as you did not mention that you had to cancel.

    all the best, Cathy Leask

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  2. Marilyn Bunker

    Miles,

    So glad that you are okay. Wow, that’s quite a crunch. You must be quite shaken up.

    Would you mind if I joined you on a Friday morning? I wasn’t able to sign up this spring and do miss the walks.

    Keep well, Marilyn

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  3. Graham Ernest-Jones

    Miles – So sorry you were involved in this freak accident. I trust you have already had much advice on getting checked for whiplash, but I would endorse that. (I’m having chiro treatment at the moment, and this is a hot topic!). Lovely to see reports and pictures – many reminders of our wonderful birding trips with you. I’m off to the Sandwich bird observatory in East Kent today, with a birding friend, to see what’s about. One certainty is fish and chips and a beer after!
    Best regards
    Graham

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