Scarborough Bluffs: March 20, 2018

-4 degrees and sunny at the start

Bird Highlight: American Black Duck

American Black Ducks

Botany Highlight: Red Oak

Red Oak (Quercus rubra)

Species list: mute swan, trumpeter swan, Canada goose, mallard, American black duck, bufflehead, herring gull, ring-billed gull, mourning dove, rock pigeon, downy woodpecker, blue jay, American crow, downy woodpecker, black-capped chickadee, white-breasted nuthatch, American robin, European starling, house sparrow, red-winged blackbird, northern cardinal, American tree sparrow.  (22 species)

Canada Goldenrod (Solidago canadensis)

Ring-billed Gulls

Herring Gulls

Mute Swan (orange bill) and Trumpeter Swan (black bill)

Nannyberry (Viburnum lentago) bud starting to open

Mallard (male)

Trumpeter Swans

                                           WINTER POETRY

There, on the black bough of a snow-flecked maple,
Fearless and gay as our love,
A bluejay cocked his crest!
Oh who can tell the range of joy
Or set the bounds of beauty?

– Sara Teasdale (1884–1933)

Miles Hearn

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