Yellow-rumped Warblers at Scarborough Bluffs: Early May, 2020

Having grown up near the Bluffs and having spent countless childhood hours playing near them, I always look forward to a visit.

Today, the first thing that I heard was the call of a Yellow-rumped Warbler. This is one of the less obvious warbler calls and takes much experience before you can be sure of what you are hearing. It is a dreamy “see-see-see-soo-soo-soo”.

None of the following photos from this day shows the yellow rump but the white throat is diagnostic.

Yellow-rumped Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler

I also saw or heard Red-necked Grebe, Hairy Woodpecker, Gray Catbird, American Robin, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Black-throated Green Warbler, American Goldfinch and White-throated Sparrow here.

Birds that I was able to photograph:

Northern Flicker (male)
House Wren
Common Raven
Red-breasted Mergansers
Red-breasted Merganser (male)
Herring Gull waiting to steal food from Red-breasted Mergansers after they surface after diving
Red-breasted Mergansers
Red-winged Blackbird (male)
Red-winged Blackbird (male)
Double-crested Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant
Song Sparrow
Nashville Warbler
Northern Cardinal (male)
Turkey Vulture
Red-tailed Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk (with flexible neck)
Red-tailed Hawk

Some botany:

Trout-lily (Erythronium americanum)
Purple-flowering Raspberry (Rubus odoratus)
Coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara)
Coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara)
Jack Popular (hybrid between Trembling Aspen and Balsam Poplar)
Jack Popular (hybrid between Trembling Aspen and Balsam Poplar)
Eastern Cottonwood (Populus deltoides)
Eastern Cottonwood (Populus deltoides)
Staghorn Sumach (Rhus typhina)
Missouri Willow (Salix eriosephala)
Weeping Willow (Salix babylonica)
Basswood (Tilia americana)
Norway Maple (Acer platanoides)
Red Raspberry (Rubus strigosus)
Red Ash (Fraxinus pensylvanica)

Colourful Beetles:

Asian Lady Beetles
Asian Lady Beetles

NATURE POETRY

Now the bright morning-star, Dayes harbinger,
Comes dancing from the East, and leads with her
The FlowryMay, who from her green lap throws
The yellow Cowslip and the pale Primrose.
Hail, bounteousMay, that dost inspire
Mirth, and youth, and warm desire!
Woods and Groves are of thy dressing;
Hill and Dale doth boast thy blessing.
Thus we salute thee with our early Song,
And welcom thee, and wish thee long.

Song on a May Morning,John Milton, 1645

Miles Hearn

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