Soapberry and Hermit Thrush at Scarborough Bluffs: November 23, 2019

Soapberry and Buffalo-berry are both in the “Shepherdia” family. Shrubs of Ontario calls the shrub Soapberry or Buffalo-berry. I learned the plant as Buffalo-berry. However a look at Michigan Flora tells me that the plant here is Soapberry and that Buffalo-berry is native to western North America and is planted as a garden plant in this area. Therefore Soapberry is the plant we see at the base of the Scarborough Bluffs.

Soapberry (Shepherdia canadensis)
Soapberry (Shepherdia canadensis)

We had the good fortune of seeing late-migrating Hermit Thrush. The red tail identifies it.

Hermit Thrush
Hermit Thrush
Hermit Thrush

Species list: trumpeter swan, Canada goose, mallard, American black duck, bufflehead, common goldeneye, ring-billed gull, mourning dove, rock pigeon, downy woodpecker, American crow, black-capped chickadee, house sparrow, northern cardinal, American goldfinch.  (15 species)

American Black Duck
Mallard (male)
Ring-billed Gull
Mallard (male)
“Bib” Duck
American Goldfinch
Mourning Dove

I went early to get a few close-up photos of St. Augustine’s Seminay:

St. Augustine’s Seminary
St. Augustine’s Seminary
St. Augustine’s Seminary

Today’s group on the 0 degree sunny morning:

Park views:

Black Walnut (Juglans nigra)

NATURE POETRY

November take flail,
Let ships no more sail.        – Proverb

Miles Hearn

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