Marie Curtis Park: April 13, 2018

3 degrees and overcast at the start.

Bird Highlight: Iceland Gull

Iceland Gull (immature)

Botany Highlight: Trembling Aspen

Trembling Aspen (Populus tremuloides)

Species list: double-crested cormorant, mute swan, Canada goose, mallard, American black duck, bufflehead, red-breasted merganser, red-tailed hawk, American kestrel, glaucous gull, herring gull, ring-billed gull, red-bellied woodpecker, hairy woodpecker, downy woodpecker, eastern phoebe, tree swallow,  American crow, black-capped chickadee, white-breasted nuthatch,  hermit thrush, American robin, European starling, house sparrow, red-winged blackbird, common grackle, brown-headed cowbird, northern cardinal, American goldfinch, song sparrow. (30 species)

Herring Gull (immature)

Herring Gull

American Crow at top of water tower

Red-breasted Merganser (male)

Mute Swan

Poison Ivy (Toxicodendron rydbergii)

Eastern Phoebe

Hermit Thrush

Song Sparrow

Miles Hearn

                                                NATURE POETRY

Sunshine trying hard awhile
On the bare brown fields to smile;
Frozen ruts and slippery walks;
Gray old crops of last year’s stalks.

– Christopher Pearse Cranch (1813–90)

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