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)

Gadwall

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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