Ashbridge’s Bay, December 2, 2017

1 degree and overcast at the start
Bird Highlight: Long-tailed Duck

Long-tailed Duck (female)

Botany Highlight: Scots Pine

Scots Pine (Pinus sylvestris)

Species list:  mute swan, Canada goose, mallard, gadwall, long-tailed duck, lesser scaup, common goldeneye, bufflehead, long-tailed duck, red-breasted merganser, ring-billed gull, downy woodpecker, black-capped chickadee, American robin, northern cardinal, American goldfinch.  (16 species)

European Buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica)

Sea Buckthorn (male) Hippophae rhamnoides

Spindle Tree (Euonymus europaea)

Black-capped Chickadee

American Robin

Hawthorn (Crataegus)

Threesquare (Schoenoplectus pungens)

Red-breasted Merganser (female)

Miles Hearn

                                                      FALL POETRY

Listen . . .
With faint dry sound,
Like steps of passing ghosts,
The leaves, frost-crisp’d, break from the trees
And fall.

–Adellaide Crapsey (1878–1914)

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