Marie Curtis Park, November 4, 2017

4 degrees and overcast at the start

Bird Highlight: Ring-billed Gull

Ring-billed Gull

Botany Highlight: Catnip

Catnip (Nepeta cataria)

Species list: Canada goose, mallard, red-tailed hawk, American kestrel, ring-billed gull, belted kingfisher, hairy woodpecker, downy woodpecker, American crow, black-capped chickadee, American robin, house sparrow, northern cardinal, American goldfinch, dark-eyed junco, white-throated sparrow.  (16 species)

Wild Cucumber (Echinocystis lobata)

Sensitive Fern

White Pine cone (Pinus strobus)

Red-backed Salamander

Large-leaved Aster (Eurybia macrophylla)

Tartarian Honeysuckle (Lonicera tatarica)

Coyote (we saw a pack of 3)

American Robin

Miles Hearn

                                                            FALL POETRY

O Suns and skies and clouds of June,

And flowers of June together,

Ye cannot rival for one hour

October’s bright blue weather;

When loud the bumblebee makes haste,

Belated, thriftless vagrant,

And goldenrod is dying fast,

And lanes with grapes are fragrant.

–Helen Hunt Jackson (1830–85)

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