Col Sam Smith Park: April 14, 2018

2 degrees and rain throughout, sometimes heavy.

Bird Highlight: Red-necked Grebe

Red-necked Grebe

Red-necked Grebes

Botany Highlight: Northern Catalpa

Northern Catalpa (Catalpa speciosa)

Species list: common loon, red-necked grebe, horned grebe, double-crested cormorant, black-crowned night heron, mute swan, Canada goose, mallard, American black duck, American wigeon, redhead, lesser scaup, bufflehead, long-tailed duck, red-breasted merganser, herring gull, ring-billed gull, downy woodpecker,  tree swallow, blue jay, American robin, European starling, house sparrow, red-winged blackbird, common grackle, brown-headed cowbird, northern cardinal, American goldfinch, dark-eyed junco, song sparrow.  (30 species)

Ring-billed Gull and American Black Duck

Mute Swan on nest

Black-crowned Night Heron

American Robin

Norway Maple (Acer platanoides)

American Robin

Witch-hazel (Hamamelis)

Red-breasted Merganser (male)

Horned Grebe

Lesser Scaup

Miles Hearn

                                       NATURE POETRY

It is the first mild day of March:
Each minute sweeter than before
The redbreast sings from the tall larch
That stands beside our door.     

 –William Wordsworth (1770–1850)

 

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