Rouge Hills: October 29, 2018

4 degrees and overcast at the start

Bird Highlight: Herring Gull

Herring Gull

Botany Highlight: Honeysuckle

Honeysuckle (Lonicera)

Species list: great blue heron, Cooper’s hawk, herring gull,  blue jay, black-capped chickadee,  American robin, northern cardinal. (7 species)

Kentucky Coffee Tree (Gymnocladus dioicus)

Black Locust (Robinia pseudoacacia)

Rayless Aster (Symphyotrichum ciliatum)

Dog-strangling Vine (Vincetoxicum rossicum)

Black-capped Chickadee

Red Oak (Quercus rubra)

Red Cedar showing blue cones and brown Apple-cedar Rust fungus

Miles Hearn

                                         NATURE POETRY

Oh, good gigantic smile o’ the brown old earth,
This autumn morning! How he sets his bones
To bask i’ the sun, and thrusts out knees and feet
For the ripple to run over in its mirth;
Listening the while, where on the heap of stones
The white breast of the sea-lark twitters sweet.

– Robert Browning (1812–89)

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