11 degrees and sun / cloud mix at the start.
Botany Highlight: Glossy Buckthorn
Species list: mallard, wood duck, northern shoveler, sharp-shinned hawk, ring-billed gull, hairy woodpecker, blue jay, black-capped chickadee, white-breasted nuthatch, American robin, ruby-crowned kinglet, golden-crowned kinglet, yellow-rumped warbler, house sparrow, northern cardinal, white-throated sparrow. (16 species)
Here was October, here
Was ruddy October, the old harvester,
Wrapped like a beggared sachem in a coat
Of tattered tanager and partridge feathers.
– Stephen Vincent Benét (1898–1943)