Dusk at the Scarborough Bluffs: Early December, 2020

After a morning and afternoon of rain, the sky cleared ever so slightly and I headed out to the easternmost Scarborough Bluffs to see how it looks as evening sets in.


The only birds I saw were Ring-billed Gulls, a few Mallards and Buffleheads and these:

Red-breasted Mergansers

There is a summertime Bank Swallow colony here; now deserted. Those inhabitants could be in South America today.

warm weather Bank Swallow colony
warm weather Bank Swallow colony

Some botany:

Manitoba Maple (Acer negundo)
Manitoba Maple (Acer negundo)
Norway Spruce (Picea abies)
Spindletree (Euonymus europaea)
Flat-topped Goldenrod (Euthamia graminifolia)
Evening-primrose (Oenothera)
Coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara)
Canada Goldenrod (Solidago canadensis)
Apple (Malus)
Black Alder (Alnus glutinosa)
Phragmites (Phragmites australis)
Willow Pine Cone Galls
Buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica)
Red-osier (Cornus sericea)


What do you hunt, Orion,
This starry night?’
‘The Ram, the Bull and the Lion,
And the Great Bear,’ says Orion.   – Robert Graves (1895–1985)

Miles Hearn

2 thoughts on “Dusk at the Scarborough Bluffs: Early December, 2020

  1. Gail

    Oh thanks Miles! I guess we will get a chance to reapply next week. I wonder if they will contact us when the applications can be resent.
    So glad you continue to provide photos of familiar scenes as the seasons change and inspire us to keep walking!


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