Marie Curtis Park: November 3, 2018

5 degrees and rain at the start

Bird Highlight: Herring Gull

Herring Gull (juvenile)

Herring Gull (juvenile) with Ring-billed Gull

Botany Highlight: Sweetbriar

Sweetbrier (Rosa rubigiosa)

Species list: great blue heron, double-crested cormorant, mallard, American black duck, herring gull, ring-billed gull, northern flicker, downy woodpecker, blue jay, white-breasted nuthatch, Carolina wren, black-capped chickadee, golden-crowned kinglet, house sparrow, common grackle, northern cardinal, American goldfinch, song sparrow.  (18 species)

Ring-billed Gull

Wild Red Raspberry (Rubus strigosus)

American Black Duck

Witch-hazel (Hamamelis virginiana)

Mallard (female)

Red Ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica)

Miles Hearn

                                            NATURE POETRY

One wading a Fall meadow finds on all sides
The Queen Anne’s Lace lying like lilies
On water; it glides
So from the walker, it turns
Dry grass to a lake, as the slightest shade of you
Valleys my mind in fabulous blue Lucernes.

– Richard Wilbur (1921–2017)

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