Col Sam Smith Park: May 3, 2018

20 degrees with a sun / cloud mix at the start

Bird Highlight: Black-crowned Night Heron

Black-crowned Night Heron

Black-crowned Night Heron

Botany Highlight: Buckhorn

Buckhorn (Plantago lanceolata)

Species list: common loon, red-necked grebe, horned grebe, double-crested cormorant, black-crowned night heron, mute swan, Canada goose, mallard, blue-winged teal, bufflehead, long-tailed duck, red-breasted merganser, ring-billed gull, common tern, mourning dove, northern flicker, hairy woodpecker, downy woodpecker,  white-breasted nuthatch, tree swallow, barn swallow, American crow, American robin, European starling, warbling vireo, yellow-rumped warbler, house sparrow, red-winged blackbird, common grackle, brown-headed cowbird, Baltimore oriole, northern cardinal, house finch, American goldfinch, savannah sparrow, chipping sparrow, field sparrow, song sparrow.  (38 species)

Coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara)

Song Sparrow

Savannah Sparrow

Gadwall (male)

Garter Snake

Tree Swallow

Barn Swallows

Double-crested Cormorant

Red-necked Grebes

House Finch (male)

Hairy Woodpecker (male)



Sycamore seeds (Platanus occidentalis)

Northern Cardinal (male)


Miles Hearn

                                             NATURE POETRY

Gladness is born of the April weather,
And the heart is as light as a wind-tossed feather.
Who could be sad on a day like this?
The care that vexed us no longer is.

–  Eben Eugene Rexford (1848–1916)

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