Skunk on the Bluffs: April 2020

The Striped Skunk is a member of the Weasel family along with the Martin, Fisher, Ermine, Mink and Otter. The Skunk is the only member of this family which hibernates in winter.

Skunk
Skunk

Skunks move at a generally sluggish pace and eat insects, berries and green vegetation.

Skunk

All Weasels produce an evil smelling musk as a defense mechanism, but the Skunk’s is very conspicuous.

Skunk
Skunk

I watched this one for about 30 minutes as it slowly ambled away from me up the clay surface of the Bluffs.

Skunk
Skunk
skunk

There was more excitement during this walk. A small shrub with many emerging yellow flowers and a 5-sided stem which was unfamiliar to me. I took a bit home and had a good look through various identification manuals.

Scotch Broom (Cytisus scoparius)

This European plant was introduced into the western United States in the 1850’s and has become a major invasive species in places like Vancouver Island.

Let’s hope that Scotch Broom does not become a problem here.

Scotch Broom (Cytisus scoparius)

Views of the Bluffs:

Birds that I was able to photograph:

Hairy Woodpecker (male)
Horned Grebe
Mallards
Double-crested Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorants
Red-breasted Mergansers
Red-breasted Merganser (female)
Red-breasted Merganser (male)

Some Botany:

Red Raspberry (Rubus strigosus)
Trembling Aspen (Populus tremuloides)
Willow (Salix)
Coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara)
Coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara)
Coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara)
Red Clover (Trifolium pratense)
Aspen with graffiti
Alternate-leaved Dogwood (Cornus alternifolia)
Sycamore Maple (Acer pseudoplatanus)
Sycamore Maple (Acer pseudoplatanus)
Sweet Violet (Viola odorata)
Butternut (Juglans cinerea)

NATURE POETRY

Buds are bursting in the hedges,
Leaves are stirring in the lane,
Everywhere the sap is stirring,
Love returns to life again.            – John Dennis (1657–1734)

Miles Hearn

5 thoughts on “Skunk on the Bluffs: April 2020

  1. Irene Karman

    Thank you for the pics. I enjoy them .Reminds me of our walks. Thanks for that. I love that some of your walks are off the beaten path. You inspire us Miles. Your pics bring back great memories. Stay safe .

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  2. Frances Gregory

    I grew up in Victoria. Uplands Park was my playground, and the woods were filled with broom. We all loved it.

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