Buffalo-berry & Thousands of Red-breasted Mergansers at Scarborough Bluffs (10 am & 1 pm groups) /November 5, 2019

In all of the places that I visit in the Toronto area, the only one which has Buffalo-berry is the beach area at Scarborough Bluffs. Here there are clay stream banks and moist thickets which are perfect habitat for it:

Buffalo-berry (Shepherdia canadensis)
Buffalo-berry (Shepherdia canadensis)
Buffalo-berry (Shepherdia canadensis)

Another uncommon plant for the Toronto area which grows here is Beach Grass:

Beach Grass (Ammophila breviligulat
Beach Grass (Ammophila breviligulata)

Other botany:

Russian-olive (Elaeagnus umbellata)
Black Walnuts (Juglans nigra)
Black Walnuts (Juglans nigra)

There were thousands of migrating Red-breasted Mergansers far out in the lake:

Red-breasted Mergansers
Red-breasted Mergansers
Red-breasted Mergansers

Species list: trumpeter swan, Canada goose, mallard, bufflehead, red-breasted merganser, red-tailed hawk, ring-billed gull, rock pigeon, blue jay, common raven, black-capped chickadee, northern cardinal, American goldfinch, song sparrow.  (14 species)

Song Sparrow
Trumpeter Swans (juvenile)
Mallard (female)
Ring-billed Gull
banded Canada Goose
Red-tailed Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Common Raven

Park scenes:

Bank Swallow colony
lucky (we hope) black cat

10 a.m. group on this 8 degree, windy, overcast to sunny day:

1 p.m. group:


Now the beautiful business of summer is over,
Earth wraps herself in a bright, leaf-patterned shawl.
The hives cement the prodigal juice of the clover
And spendthrift gold is hoarded in bin and stall.    – Jean S. Untermeyer (1886–1970)

Miles Hearn

1 thought on “Buffalo-berry & Thousands of Red-breasted Mergansers at Scarborough Bluffs (10 am & 1 pm groups) /November 5, 2019

  1. George

    I am not a “fan” of free roaming cats (feral or domestic) as they kill millions of birds each year in Canada and the USA


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