High Park: June 9, 2018

17 degrees and cloudy at the start

Bird Highlight: European Starling

Starling chick pestering parent for food

Botany Highlight: Swamp Dewberry

Swamp Dewberry (Rubus hispidus)

Species list: mallard, wood duck, ring-billed gull, northern flicker, hairy woodpecker, downy woodpecker, red-bellied woodpecker,eastern pewee, black-capped chickadee, red-breasted nuthatch, white-breasted nuthatch, gray catbird, American robin, wood thrush, blue-gray gnatcatcher, cedar waxwing, European starling, warbling vireo, red-eyed vireo, house sparrow, red-winged blackbird, Baltimore oriole, common grackle, northern cardinal, indigo bunting, house finch, chipping sparrow, song sparrow.  (28 species)

Red Pine (Pinus resinosGypsy Moth

Fall Cankerworm larva

Orchard Grass (Dactylis glomerata)

Orchard Grass (Dactylis glomerata)



New Jersey Tea (Ceanothus americanus)

Mallard (male)

Meadow Spittlebug

Hound’s-tongue (Cynoglossum officinale)

Bush-honeysuckle (Diervilla lonicera)

Red Fescue (Festuca rubra)

Black Squirrel

Common Buttercup (Ranunculus acris)

Philadelphia Fleabane (Erigeron philadelphicus)

Red Clover (Trifolium pratense)

Red-osier (Cornus sericea)

False Spikenard (Maianthemum racemosum)

Yellow Hawkweed (Hieracium caespitosum)

Timothy (Phleum pratense)

Oriental Bittersweet (Celastrus orbiculatus)

Multiflora Rose (Rosa multiflora)

Pointed-leaf Tick-trefoil (Desmodium glutinosum)

Showy Tick-trefoil (Desmodium canadense)

Miles Hearn


“Life is thickly sown with thorns, and I know no other remedy than to pass quickly through them. The longer we dwell on our misfortunes, the greater is their power to harm us.”

– Voltaire (1694–1778)

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