Scarborough Bluffs: December 1, 2017 and some photos by Lillian Natalizio

7 degrees and overcast at the start

Bird Highlight: Cooper’s Hawk

Cooper’s Hawk

Botany Highlight: English Hawthorn

English Hawthorn (Crataegus laevigata)

Species list: trumpeter swan, Canada goose, mallard, American black duck, bufflehead, red-breasted merganser, Cooper’s Hawk, ring-billed gull, rock pigeon, hairy woodpecker, downy woodpecker, northern cardinal, American goldfinch, dark-eyed junco.  (14 species)

Bufflehead (male)

Amur Maple (Acer ginnala)

Ring-billed Gull

Goutweed (Aegopodium podograria)

Canada Goose

Downy Woodpecker (female)

Rock Pigeons

leucistic Trumpeter Swan

The following are photos taken by Lillian Natalizio at Humber Bay on November 23.

Hooded Mergansers

Long-tailed Duck (female)

Red-breasted Merganser (female)



Hooded Merganser (female)

Great Blue Heron and others

Miles Hearn

                                                        FALL POETRY

Oh, good gigantic smile o’ the brown old earth,
This autumn morning! How he sets his bones
To bask i’ the sun, and thrusts out knees and feet
For the ripple to run over in its mirth;
Listening the while, where on the heap of stones
The white breast of the sea-lark twitters sweet.

–Robert Browning (1812–1889)

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