Marie Curtis Park, November 16, 2017

5 degrees and overcast at the start

Bird Highlight: Downy Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker (male)

Botany Highlight: Silver Maple

Silver Maple (Acer saccharinum)

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)

Tartarian Honeysuckle (Lonicera tatarica)

Heath Aster (Symphyotrichum ericoides)

Sweetbrier hips (Rosa rubiginosa)

Trembling Aspen (Populus tremuloides)

Canada Goose

Missouri Willow gall (Salix eriosephala)

White Spruce (Picea glauca)

American Beech leaves (Fagus grandifolia)

Miles Hearn

                                                      FALL POETRY

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)

 

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