Scarborough Bluffs, November 15, 2017

5 degrees and overcast at the start

Bird Highlight: Redhead

Redhead (with Bufflehead)

Botany Highlight: Field Mustard

Field Mustard (Brassica rapa)

Species list: trumpeter swan, Canada goose, mallard, American black duck, redhead, bufflehead, red-breasted merganser, red-tailed hawk, ring-billed gull, rock pigeon, blue jay, common raven, northern cardinal, American tree sparrow, American goldfinch.  (15 species)

Spindle Tree (Euonymus europaea)

Common Burdock (Arctium minus)

Black Walnut (Juglans nigra)

Bittersweet Nightshade (Solanium dulcamara)

Trumpeter Swans

Dame’s Rocket (Hesperis matronalis)

Wild Cucumber (Echinocystis lobata)

Miles Hearn

                                                         FALL POETRY

The mug of cider simmered slow,

The apples sputtered in a row,

And, close at hand, the basket stood

With nuts from brown October’s wood.

–John Greenleaf Whittier (1807–1892)

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