High Park: October 15, 2018

11 degrees and raining at the start.

Bird Highlight: Wood Duck

Wood Ducks

Botany Highlight: White Oak

White Oak (Quercus alba)

Species list: mute swan, mallard, wood duck, northern shoveler, rock pigeon, downy woodpecker, blue jay, black-capped chickadee, white-breasted nuthatch, American robin, ruby-crowned kinglet, house sparrow, northern cardinal, white-throated sparrow. (14 species)

Sheep Fescue grass with Willow leaf

Flowering Cherry (Prunus serrulata)

Sky Blue Aster (Symphyotrichum oolentangiense)

mostly Sassafras (Sassafras albidum)

New England Aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae)

Mallard (male)

Ginkgo fruit (Ginkgo biloba)

Miles Hearn

                                                    NATURE POETRY

A birdnote sounding here and there,
A bloom, where leaves are brown and sober,
Warm noons, and nights with frosty air,
And loaded wagons say, October.  
 – Thomas Collier (1842–93)

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