Col Sam Smith Park, November 17, 2017

0 degrees and sunny at the start

Bird Highlight: European Starling

Botany Highlight: Oriental Bittersweet

Oriental Bittersweet (Celastrus orbiculatus)

Species list: red-necked grebe, mute swan, Canada goose, mallard, gadwall, American wigeon, redhead, greater scaup, bufflehead,  long-tailed duck, red-breasted merganser, northern harrier, ring-billed gull, hairy woodpecker, downy woodpecker, blue jay, black-capped chickadee,white-breasted nuthatch,  American robin, European starling, house sparrow,  northern cardinal, American goldfinch, dark-eyed junco, fox sparrow, American tree sparrow.  (26 species)

Mallard (male)

New England Aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae)

House Sparrows

approx 750 Greater Scaup with a few Redheads mixed in

American Wigeons

Mute Swan

White-breasted Nuthatch

Canada Goose

Miles Hearn

                                                             FALL POETRY

Now by great marshes wrapt in mist,

Or past some river’s mouth,

Throughout the long, still autumn day

Wild birds are flying south.

–Wilfred Campbell (1861–1918)

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