Rouge Hills, October 30, 2017

8 degrees, cloudy and very windy at the start.

Bird Highlight: Dark-eyed Junco

Dark-eyed Junco

Botany Highlight: Virgin’s Bower

Virgin’s Bower (Clematis virginiana)

Species list: hairy woodpecker, blue jay, American crow, black-capped chickadee, American robin, golden-crowned kinglet, cedar waxwing, dark-eyed junco. (8 species)

Norway Spruce (Picea abies)

Red Oak (Quercus rubra)

Maple-leaved Viburnum (Viburnum acerifolium)

Ironwood (Ostrya virginiana)

Zigzag Goldenrod (Solidago flexicaulis)

White Ash (Fraxinus americana)

Blue-stemmed Goldenrod (Solidago caesia)

Bitternut Hickory (Carya cordiformus)

Miles Hearn

                                                      FALL POETRY

Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness,

Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;

Conspiring with him how to load and bless

With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eves run.

–John Keats (1795–1821)

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