High Park: July 3, 2018

27 degrees and sunny at the start

Eastern Kingbird

Bird Highlight: Mute Swan cygnets

Mute Swan cygnets

Mute Swan family

Botany Highlight: Michigan Lily

Michigan Lily (Lillium michiganense)

Species list: black-crowned night heron, mute swan, mallard, wood duck, Caspian tern, northern flicker, hairy woodpecker, downy woodpecker, eastern kingbird, rough-winged swallow, blue jay, white-breasted nuthatch, American robin, cedar waxwing, European starling, warbling vireo, house sparrow, red-winged blackbird, northern cardinal, American goldfinch, chipping sparrow, song sparrow.  (22 species)

Himalayan Balsam (Impatiens grandulifera)

Water-hemlock (Cicuta maculata)

House Sparrow (male)

Hoary Vervain (Verbena stricta)

Daisy Fleabane (Erigeron annuus)

Fox Sedge

Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)

Butterfly-weed (Asclepias tuberosa)

Mallard (male) in eclipse plumage

Motherwort (Leonurus cardiaca)

Elderberry ((Sambucus canadensis)

Mild Water-pepper (Persicaria hydropiperoides)

Goutweed (Aegopodium podagraria)

Nipplewort (Lapsana communis)

Cicada

Wood Duck (female) and chicks

Wood Duck (male) in eclipse plumage

Great Blue Heron

                                               NATURE POETRY

And Spring arose on the garden fair,
Like the Spirit of Love felt everywhere.

– Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792–1822)

Miles Hearn

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