8 degrees and rain at the start
Bird Highlight: Northern Mockingbird
Botany Highlight: Red Osier Dogwood
Species list: red-necked grebe, double-crested cormorant, Canada goose, mallard, American black duck, gadwall, American wigeon, northern shoveler, bufflehead, greater scaup, spotted sandpiper, greater black-backed gull, herring gull, ring-billed gull, downy woodpecker, black-capped chickadee, brown creeper, northern mockingbird, American robin, golden-crowned kinglet, house sparrow, northern cardinal, song sparrow. (23 species)
My very soul is wedded to it,
and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth
seeking the successive autumns.
– George Eliot (1819–80)