Anas rubripes at Scarborough Bluffs: November 18, 2019

Anus rubripes is the scientific name for the American Black Duck. “rubripes” means red or ruddy-coloured foot

American Black Duck

Mallards also have this characteristic:

Mallard (female)
Mallard (male)

Species list: trumpeter swan, Canada goose, mallard, American black duck, ring-billed gull, rock pigeon, blue jay, house sparrow, northern cardinal, American goldfinch, dark-eyed junco, white-throated sparrow, song sparrow.  (13 species)

Trumpeter Swan (juvenile) with Mallards
Trumpeter Swan
Trumpeter Swan (juvenile)
Ring-billed Gulls
Ring-billed Gull & Rock Pigeons
Canada Geese
Ring-billed Gull

Some botany on this 3 degree, rainy morning:

Red Oak (Quercus rubra)
Amur Maple (Acer maackii)
Staghorn Sumac (Rhus typhina)
Nannyberry (Viburnum lentago)
Autumn-olive (Elaeagnus umbellata)
Willow (Salix)
Manitoba Maple (Acer negundo)
Cottonwood (Populus deltoides)

Today’s group with two dog-walkers who were escorting adorable dogs:

Park scenes:


November, month of mornings misty-bright
With golden light:
Month when the many-tinted leaf
Lies thick upon the moss below;
While to and fro
The breezes moan, as if in grief.   – Mortimer Collins (1827–76)

Miles Hearn

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