Marie Curtis Park: May 22, 2018

12 degrees with a overcast at the start

Bird Highlight: Baltimore Oriole

Baltimore Oriole (male)

Botany Highlight: Wild Geranium

Wild Geranium (Geranium maculatum)

Species list: mute swan, Canada goose, mallard, American black duck, ring-billed gull, common tern, northern flicker, eastern kingbird, willow flycatcher, least flycatcher, eastern pewee, tree swallow, barn swallow, cliff swallow, American crow, black-capped chickadee, white-breasted nuthatch, gray catbird, American robin, European starling, warbling vireo, red-eyed vireo, tennessee warbler, yellow warbler, chestnut-sided warbler, blackpoll warbler, American redstart, house sparrow, red-winged blackbird, Baltimore oriole, common grackle, brown-headed cowbird, northern cardinal, American goldfinch, song sparrow.  (35 species)

Wild Strawberry (Fragaria virginiana)

Virginia Waterleaf (Hydrophyllum virginianum)

Slug

Wild Sarsaparilla (Aralia nudicaulis)

American Beech with midges (Fagus grandifolia)

May Apple (Podophyllum peltatum)

Jack-in-the-pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum)

Brown-headed Cowbird (female)

Sensitive Fern

Spotted Touch-me-not (Impatiens capensis)

Common Ink Cap Mushroom

Shaggy Mane

Mallard and “bib” duck (hybrid: Mallard / American Black Duck)

Red-backed Salamander

Barn Swallow

Tree Swallow

Song Sparrow

Dead-nettle (Lamium purpureum)

American Toad

American Toad

American Toad

Miles Hearn

NATURE POETRY

This Poem is For the Birds

I am zapped by life from time to time

That is when I write a rhyme.

Driving along,

I recently saw

About fifty small birds flying west

And one lone Canada goose flying east.

And then the fifty whatever type birds

Did a gala U-turn in the sky

And followed the one lone Canada goose.

Whoever can know why?

Maybe they thought he was the guy in the know.

  • Adele Koehnke

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