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Bird-feeder Rock at Scarborough Bluffs: November 13, 2019

There is a rock just by a parking lot at the foot of the Bluffs which kindly neighbours keep covered with bird seed during the cold months.

Today’s record lows (-9 degrees and sunny when we started) attracted many species to visit the rock:

American Goldfinch
Northern Cardinal (male)
Northern Cardinal (male), House Sparrow (female) and Dark-eyed Junco
Dark-eyed Junco (male)
White-crowned Sparrow
Northern Cardinal (female)
Red-winged Blackbird (male)
White-throated Sparrow
Mourning Dove
Blue Jay

Species list: great blue heron, trumpeter swan, Canada goose, mallard, American black duck, gadwall, bufflehead, red-tailed hawk,  herring gull,  ring-billed gull, mourning dove, rock pigeon, downy woodpecker, hairy woodpecker, white-breasted nuthatch, blue jay, black-capped chickadee, American robin,  golden-crowned kinglet, European starling, house sparrow, red-winged blackbird, northern cardinal, American goldfinch, dark-eyed junco,  white-crowned sparrow, white-throated sparrow.  (27 species)

Hairy Woodpecker (female)

The duck pond also attracts people with bird seed:

Trumpeter Swan with Mallards
American Black Duck
Trumpeter Swan

Park scenes:

Today’s group:

NATURE POETRY

Dull November brings the blast,
Then the leaves are whirling fast.         – Sara Coleridge (1802–52)

Miles Hearn