5 degrees and overcast at the start
Botany Highlight: Silver Maple
Species list: Canada goose, mallard, common goldeneye, bufflehead, long-tailed duck, hooded merganser, red-breasted merganser, red-tailed hawk, ring-billed gull, red-bellied woodpecker, hairy woodpecker, downy woodpecker, common raven, northern cardinal, American goldfinch. (15 species)
Through golden noons and purple eves, and shadows cool and tender,
From scenes of tranquil happiness and dreams of deep delight,
October like a princess in her oriental splendor
Comes down the valley singing with her retinue of light.
–Katharine Brownlee Sherwood (1841–1914)