Ashbridge’s Bay: March 23, 2018

-2 degrees and sunny at the start

Bird Highlight: Long-tailed Duck

Long-tailed Duck (male)

Botany Highlight: Sea-buckthorn

Sea-buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides)

Species list: mute swan, trumpeter swan, mallard, gadwall, lesser scaup, common goldeneye, bufflehead, long-tailed duck, red-breasted merganser, ring-billed gull, downy woodpecker, black-capped chickadee, American robin, golden-crowned kinglet, red-winged blackbird, northern cardinal, American goldfinch, dark-eyed junco, American tree sparrow, song sparrow.  (20 species)

Canada Geese

Red-osier Dogwood (Cornus sericea)

Common Goldeneyes

Northern Cardinal (female)

Kentucky Coffee Tree

Lesser Scaup

Siberian Elm (Ulmus pumila)

Gadwall (male)

Miles Hearn

                                                  SPRING POETRY

The merry cuckoo, messenger of spring,
His trumpet shrill hath thrice already sounded:
That warns all lovers wait upon their king,
Who now is coming forth with garlands crowned.

With noise thereof the quire of birds resounded
Their anthems sweet devised of love's praise,
That all the woods their echoes back rebounded,
As if they knew the meaning of their lays.

But 'mongst them all, which did Love's honour raise,
No word was heard of her that most it ought,
But she his precept proudly disobeys,
And doth this idle message set at nought.

Therefore O love, unless she turn to thee
Ere Cuckoo end, let her a rebel be.

Edmund Spenser 1552 - 1599

 

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