18 degrees and overcast at the start.
Bird Highlight: White-breasted Nuthatch
Botany Highlight: Sky-blue Aster
Species list: Cooper’s hawk, turkey vulture, northern flicker, hairy woodpecker, downy woodpecker, blue jay, black-capped chickadee, white-breasted nuthatch, gray catbird, European starling, house sparrow, northern cardinal, American goldfinch. (13 species)
O thou who passest thro’ our valleys in
Thy strength, curb thy fierce steeds, allay the heat
That flames from their large nostrils! thou,
Oft pitched’st here thy golden tent, and oft
Beneath our oaks hast slept, while we beheld
With joy thy ruddy limbs and flourishing hair.
– William Blake (1757–1827)