17 Yellow Flower Species at Scarborough Bluffs/ July 2, 2019

There is so much green foliage in sight in July that many plants have yellow flowers in order to be more obvious to the insects and birds who help to spread their pollen.

Lots of green on this 25 degree, overcast morning:

All of these flowers are essentially yellow:

Black Medick (Medicago lupulina)
Common Sow-thistle (Sonchus oleraceus)
Wood-sorrel (Oxalis corniculata)
Birdfoot Trefoil (Lotus corniculatus)
Wall Rocket (Diplotaxis muralis)
Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)
Goatsbeard (Tragopogon)
St. John’s-wort (Hypericum perforatum)
Nipplewort (Lapsana communis)
Yellow Avens (Geum aleppicum)
Buttercup (Ranunculus acris)

The tiny flowers of grasses are also yellow:

Timothy (Phleum pratense)
Brome Grass (Bromus inermis)

the following have at least some yellow:

Flax (Linum usitatissimum)
Daisy Fleabane (Erigeron annuus)
Purple-flowering Raspberry (Rubus odoratus)
Multiflora Rose (Rosa multiflora)

This morning’s group:

Species list: ring-billed gull, mourning dove, rock pigeon, hairy woodpecker, eastern pewee, eastern phoebe, bank swallow, blue jay, Carolina wren, gray catbird, American robin, blue-gray gnatcatcher, cedar waxwing, European starling, warbling vireo, yellow warbler, American redstart, house sparrow, red-winged blackbird, brown-headed cowbird, Baltimore oriole, orchard oriole, northern cardinal, American goldfinch, song sparrow.  (25 species)

Red-winged Blackbird (female)

Bank Swallows
Baltimore Oriole (male)
Song Sparrow



This darksome burn, horseback brown,
His rollrock highroad roaring down,
In coop and in comb the fleece of his foam
Flutes and low to the lake falls home.

A windpuff-bonnet of fáwn-fróth
Turns and twindles over the broth
Of a pool so pitchblack, féll-frówning,
It rounds and rounds Despair to drowning.

Degged with dew, dappled with dew
Are the groins of the braes that the brook treads through,
Wiry heathpacks, flitches of fern,
And the beadbonny ash that sits over the burn.

What would the world be, once bereft
Of wet and of wildness? Let them be left,
O let them be left, wildness and wet;
Long live the weeds and the wilderness yet. -Gerard Manley Hopkins

Miles Hearn

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