Humber Bay, November 13, 2017

4 degrees and overcast at the start

Bird Highlight: Hooded Merganser

Hooded Mergansers

Botany Highlight: Speckled Alder

Speckled Alder (Alnus incana)

Species list: double-crested cormorant, mute swan, Canada goose, mallard, gadwall, American wigeon, northern shoveler, common goldeneye, long-tailed duck, bufflehead, hooded merganser, ring-billed gull, rock pigeon, black-capped chickadee, house sparrow,  northern cardinal, American tree sparrow.  (17 species)

Autumn Olive (Elaeagnus umbellata)

Northern Shoveler (male)


Trembling Aspen (Populus tremuloides)

American Wigeon

Blue Beech seeds (Carpinus caroliniana)

Ring-billed Gulls

Bufflehead (male)

Miles Hearn

                                              FALL POETRY

Here was October, here

Was ruddy October, the old harvester,

Wrapped like a beggared sachem in a coat

Of tattered tanager and partridge feathers.

–Stephen Vincent Benet (1898–1943

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