Scarborough Bluffs: July 31, 2018


24 degrees and sunny at the start

Bird Highlight: American Goldfinch

American Goldfinch (male)

Botany Highlight: Canada Thistle

Canada Thistle (Cirsium arvense)

Species list: turkey vulture, Cooper’s Hawk, mourning dove, downy woodpecker, barn swallow, Carolina wren, American robin, cedar waxwing, red-eyed vireo, house sparrow, common grackle, northern cardinal, American goldfinch, indigo bunting, song sparrow.  (15 species)
Thanks to Eugene Knapik who sent me 12 photos because I was having some camera difficulties.

Black Raspberry (Rubus occidentalis)

Choke Cherry (Prunus virginiana)

Gall on Balsam Poplar leaf

Queen Anne’s Lace (Daucus carota)

Riverbank Grape (Vitis riparia)

Mourning Dove

St. Augustine’Seminary

Bull Thistle (Cirsium vulgare)

House Sparrows

Hickory Tussock Moth Caterpillar

Miles Hearn

                                 PHOTOS by EUGENE KNAPIK

Queen Anne’s Lace

Black Swallowtail


Pineapple Weed



Canada Thistle


Dame’s Rocket



Crown Vetch

                                     NATURE POETRY

The earliest breath of June
Blows the white tassels from the cherry boughs,
And in the deepest shadow of noon
The mild-eyed oxen browse.

– Elizabeth Akers Allen (1832–1911)


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