Fifteen Minutes by the Birdfeeding Rock: November 12, 2021

Although a lovely walk as always in the area of the Scarborough Bluffs, we didn’t have many birds until a small flock of Juncos caught our eye just as we were finishing.

After the walk, I decided to go up to the rock where people traditionally leave seed, put some seed on the rock and see how many species would be attracted in 15 minutes.

Here are the creatures that appeared nearby.

Northern Cardinal (female)
Black-capped Chickadee
Northern Cardinal (male)
Dark-eyed junco
Red Squirrel
Dark-eyed junco
Red Squirrel
Dark-eyed junco
Cabbage White Butterfly
House Sparrow (female)
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow (female)

If I had waited longer, I might have seen the Canada Geese that sometimes visit this rock.

Other birds:

Double-crested Cormorant
Black-crowned Night Heron (juvenile)
Mallard (female)
Mallard (male)
Canada Goose
Ring-billed Gull (juvenile)

Some botany:

Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica)
Black Raspberry (Rubus occidentalis)
Black Walnut (Juglans nigra)
Great Burdock (Arctium lappa)
Cow-parsnip (Heracleum maximum)
Cow-parsnip (Heracleum maximum)
Hawthorn (Crataegus)
New England Aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae)
Tree-of-heaven (Ailanthus altissima)
Red Oak (Quercus rubra)

Bluff area views:

Today’s group:



Hi  Thought I would let you know about this item.  I placed an order for two metalbirds (Snowy Owl and Barnyard Owl) and got a free little cardinal.  I placed this order this week Wed Nov 10th and received it Thurs Nov 11th (Fed Ex delivery).  I was pennies short of free delivery so I paid the $9 delivery fee–maybe that is why it came so quickly.
They are beautiful–very well carved out.  Children should not be near these objects–the edges of bird are a bit sharp and the pole (that gets stuck in tree) is very sharp.
Packaging is environmentally sensitive and literature included is very informative.
I am happy with my purchase.


Oh Sing We Now The Holy Weeds – Margaret Atwood

The inner bark of Spruce and Birch
For extra Vitamin C –
But do not take too much of each,
Or you will kill the tree.

Miles Hearn

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