Scarborough Bluffs: March 9, 2018

0 degrees and overcast at the start

Bird Highlight: American Tree Sparrow

American Tree Sparrow

Botany Highlight: White Ash

White Ash (Fraxinus americana)

Species list: mute swan, trumpeter swan, Canada goose, mallard, American black duck, bufflehead, long-tailed duck, herring gull, ring-billed gull, mourning dove, rock pigeon, downy woodpecker, blue jay, American crow, black-capped chickadee, white-breasted nuthatch, Carolina wren,  American robin, European starling, house sparrow, red-winged blackbird, common grackle, northern cardinal, house finch, dark-eyed junco, American tree sparrow.  (26 species)

Large-leaved Aspen (Populus grandidentata)

Black Walnut (Juglans nigra)

Northern Cardinal (male)

Mute Swan

Herring Gull

Trumpeter Swan

Beaver lodge

Ring-billed Gull




Miles Hearn

                                               WINTER POETRY

Sharp is the frost, the Northern Light
Flickers and shoots its streamers bright;

Snow-drifts cumber the untracked road;
Bends the pine with its heavy load;

Each small star, though it shines so bright,
Looks half pinched with the cold to-night,

Longing after its summer skies
Where it swam, soft as angel’s eyes.

– Francis Rye 19th century Canadian poet

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