Col Sam Smith Park, November 11, 2017

-6 degrees and overcast at the start

Bird Highlight: American Pipit

American Pipit (Wikipedia)

Botany Highlight: Oriental Bittersweet

Oriental Bittersweet (Celastrus orbiculatus)

Species list: red-necked grebe, great blue heron, mute swan, Canada goose, mallard, American black duck, gadwall, American wigeon, bufflehead, long-tailed duck, red-breasted merganser, ring-billed gull, rock pigeon, blue jay, American crow, American robin, golden-crowned kinglet, American pipit, European starling, house sparrow,  northern cardinal, house finch, American goldfinch, dark-eyed junco, American tree` sparrow.  (25 species)

Smooth Brome (Bromus inermis)

Mallards

Cliff Swallow nests

Gadwall (male)

Gray Dogwood (Cornus foemina)

Virginia Creeper (Parthenocissus inserta)

Red-breasted Merganser (female)

frost on Tansy Leaf

Miles Hearn

                                                               FALL POETRY

On random wires the rows of summer swallows

Wait for their liftoff.

They will soon be gone

Before All Saints’ and before All Hallows’

The changing time when we are most alone.

–May Sarton (1912–95)

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