Marie Curtis Park, December 4, 2017 and some photos by Marlene Danicki

6 degrees and fog at the start

Bird Highlight: Ring-billed Gull

Ring-billed Gull

Botany Highlight: Trembling Aspen

Trembling Aspen (Populus tremuloides)

Species list: Canada goose, mallard, American black duck, common goldeneye, hooded merganser, common merganser, ring-billed gull, red-bellied woodpecker, hairy woodpecker, downy woodpecker, blue jay, American crow, black-capped chickadee, northern cardinal, house finch, American goldfinch, dark-eyed junco, American tree  sparrow.  (18 species)

Silver Maple (Acer saccharinum)

Shagbark Hickory (Carya ovata)

Mallard (female)

Fall Cankerworm

Riverbank Grape (Vitis riparia)

Multiflora Rose (Rosa multiflora)

Tartarina Honeysuckle (Lonicera tatarica)

Photos by Marlene Danicki

Hooded merganser (male)

Common Merganser (female)

Common Merganser (female)

Hooded Merganser and Common Goldeneye (female)

last night’s full moon


The sentinel of the winter
When snow falls all around,
She stands in haunted silence
Her cold feet in the ground.

When spring comes she will blossom
Her perfume fills the air
A wondrous gift for all to see
For everyone to share.

At harvest time, the apples red
We pick them all with care.
She proudly gives us all she has
Her bounty she must share.

In summer, winter, spring and fall
And weather dark and clear
It matters not, the apple tree
Stands guard throughout the year.

– Brian Whitefield  (Brian is a member of our Wednesday group)

Miles Hearn

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