High Park: July 5, 2018

29 degrees and sunny at the start

Bird Highlight: Blue-gray Gnatcatcher parent and chick

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher parent and chick

Botany Highlight: Showy Tick-trefoil

Showy Tick-trefoil (Desmodium canadense)

Species list: great blue heron, black-crowned night heron, mallard, wood duck, spotted sandpiper, northern flicker, hairy woodpecker, eastern kingbird, rough-winged swallow, white-breasted nuthatch, gray catbird, American robin, blue-gray gnatcatcher, cedar waxwing, warbling vireo, house sparrow, red-winged blackbird, northern cardinal, indigo bunting, house finch, American goldfinch, chipping sparrow, song sparrow.  (23 species)

Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta)

Black-crowned Night Heron

Curled Dock (Rumex crispus)

Great Blue Heron

Thimbleweed ((Anemone cylindrica)

Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)

Spreading Dogbane (Apocynum androsaemifolium)

Black Raspberry (Rubus occidentalis)

Poison Ivy (Toxicodendron rydbergii!

Butter-and eggs (Linaria vulgaris)

Woodland Sunflower (Helianthus divaricatus)

Wood Duck (immature)

Timothy (Phleum pratense)

Canada Blue-joint (Calamagrostis canadensis)

Wood Duck (female) and chicks

Swamp-candles (Lysimachia hybrida)

Mallards (immatures)

Morrow Honeysuckle (Lonicera morrowii)

Sweet-flag (Acorus americanus)

Threesquare (Schoenoplectus pungens)

Butterfly-weed (Asclepias tuberosa)

House Finch (immature)

Common St. John’s -wort (Hypericum perforatum)

Miles Hearn


Sing me a song of idle days,
When rosy and white are the new-blown mays,
And rose and white on the wanton breeze
The petals fall from the apple trees.

– Francis W. Bourdillo (1852–1921)


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