10 degrees and cloudy at the start.
Botany Highlight: Spindle Tree and Winged Euonymus
Species list: mallard, red-tailed hawk, mourning dove, northern flicker, hairy woodpecker, downy woodpecker, blue jay, American crow, black-capped chickadee, white-breasted nuthatch, brown creeper, American robin, ruby-crowned kinglet, northern cardinal, American goldfinch, white-throated sparrow. (16 species)
Through golden noons and purple eves, and shadows cool and tender,
From scenes of tranquil happiness and dreams of deep delight,
October like a princess in her oriental splendor
Comes down the valley singing with her retinue of light.
– Kate Brownlee Sherwood (1841–1914)