Herring Gull at Scarborough Bluffs: February 18, 2020

There are usually many more Ring-billed Gulls than Herring Gulls so it is always a pleasure to see a Herring Gull up close as we did on this foggy, 2 degree morning. Herring Gulls have flesh-coloured legs and feet as opposed to Ring-billed Gulls which are smaller and show yellow feet and legs.

Herring Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
Ring-billed Gulls

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

Blue Jay
Blue Jay
Northern Cardinal (female)
Northern Cardinal (male)
Trumpeter Swans
Rock Pigeon
Canada Goose

Some botany:

Dog-strangling Vine on Red Osier
Red Osier (Cornus sericea)
Red Ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica)
Red Ash galls
Red Ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica)
Missouri Willow (Salix eriocephala)
Autumn-olive (Elaeagnus umbellata)
Common Burdock (Arctium minus)

Park scenes:

This morning’s group:


Chill airs and wintry winds! my ear
Has grown familiar with your song;
I hear it in the opening year,
I listen, and it cheers me long.      – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807–82)

Miles Hearn

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