Ashbridge’s Bay: March 29, 2018

5  degrees and drizzle throughout

Bird Highlight: Long-tailed Duck

Long-tailed Duck (male)

Botany Highlight: Sea-buckthorn

Sea-buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides)

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

Silver Maple (Acer saccharinum)

Buffleheads

Tamarack cone (left) and Larch cone (right)

Mute Swan

Scots Pine (Pinus sylvestris)

Lesser Scaup

Red Ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica)

Spindle Tree (Euonymus europaea)

European Pussy Willow (Salix caprea)

Miles Hearn

                                        NATURE POETRY

There, on the black bough of a snow-flecked maple,
Fearless and gay as our love,
A bluejay cocked his crest!
Oh who can tell the range of joy
Or set the bounds of beauty?

– Sara Teasdale (1884–1933)

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