Humber Bay: February 21, 2018

4 degrees and rain at the start

Bird Highlight: American Robin

American Robin

Botany Highlight: Japanese Knotweed

Japanese Knotweed (Fallopia japonica)

Species list: red-necked grebe, mute swan, Canada goose, mallard, gadwall, redhead, ring-necked duck, greater scaup, lesser scaup, common goldeneye, bufflehead, long-tailed duck, red-breasted merganser, American coot, ring-billed gull, rock pigeon, northern mockingbird, American robin, European starling, house sparrow, red-winged blackbird,  northern cardinal.  (22 species)

Mallard (female)

Mute Swan

Trembling Aspen (Populus tremuloides)

Common Goldeneye (male)

Lesser Scaup (male)

Common Goldeneye (female)

Ring-necked Duck (male)

Redhead (male)

Miles Hearn

                                             WINTER POETRY

It has been a mean winter.

But …

Ogre Winter will soon clean

Out the last of her pocket change.

She’ll toss wads of gritty snow

Like frozen Kleenex

All over my back yard.

And yours.

And year after year one wad lingers –

Decides not to melt until spring.

A watched wad never melts.

Winter sure is messy.

Winter is not a Lady.

I’ll be glad to see her gone.

– Adele Koehnke

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