Northern Mockingbird at Humber Bay / November 6, 2019

When I began these walks in 2006, Mockingbirds were commonly seen at Humber Bay amongst the Sea-buckthorn bushes. In the last five years or so they seem to have lost their taste for the orange fruit of this shrub and I see them infrequently here. Today we had a good view of a close-up bird:

Northern Mockingbird
Northern Mockingbird
Northern Mockingbird
Northern Mockingbird
Northern Mockingbird
Northern Mockingbird
Northern Mockingbird

Species list: red-necked grebe, mute swan, Canada goose, mallard, American black duck, gadwall, bufflehead, long-tailed duck, hooded merganser, ring-billed gull, American robin, house sparrow,  northern cardinal, American goldfinch, song sparrow.  (15 species)

American Robin
Northern Cardinal (female)
Red-necked Grebe
Ring-billed Gull
Northern Cardinal (female)
Northern Cardinal (male)
Gadwall (male)

Park scenes:

Field Sow-thistle (Sonchus arvensis)

Today’s group in this 2 degree sunny morning:

NATURE POETRY

E’en in those bleak November days
There’s gladness for the heart that heeds.         – Charles Dawson Shanly (1811–75)

Miles Hearn

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