Ashbridge’s Bay: February 20, 2018

5 degrees and light rain at the start

Bird Highlight: Gadwall

Gadwall (male)

Botany Highlight: Silver Maple

Silver Maple (Acer saccharinum)

Species list:  mallard, gadwall, American black duck, lesser scaup, common goldeneye, bufflehead, white-winged scoter, long-tailed duck, red-breasted merganser, common merganser, herring gull, ring-billed gull, mourning dove, downy woodpecker, black-capped chickadee, northern cardinal, American tree sparrow.  (17 species)

Lichen

Common Goldeneyes and Lesser Scaup

Gulls

Lichen

Corkscrew Willow (Salix matsudana)

detail on Catalpa bark

Miles Hearn

                                                   WINTER POETRY

Winter. Time to eat fat
and watch hockey. In the pewter mornings, the cat,
a black fur sausage with yellow
Houdini eyes, jumps up on the bed and tries
to get onto my head. It’s his
way of telling whether or not I’m dead.

–Margaret Atwood (b. 1939)

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