Steady Rain and 10 degrees at Col Sam Smith Park/ May 25, 2019

The rain started just as our walk began and became stronger as we continued. We were rewarded, however, about a dozen times with a fly-by of 9 Whimbrels.

Because of the rain, I was unable to photograph them. In fact, all of the photos in today’s post except for the group photo, come from about 7 am before the rain started.

Park scenes:

Species list: double-crested cormorant, red-necked grebe, Canada goose, mute swan, mallard, whimbrel, ring-billed gull, common tern, eastern kingbird, tree swallow, barn swallow, northern mockingbird, American robin, European starling, warbling vireo, red-eyed vireo, Tennessee warbler, yellow warbler, American redstart, cedar waxwing, house sparrow, red-winged blackbird, brown-headed cowbird, common grackle, Baltimore oriole, northern cardinal, American goldfinch, song sparrow.  (28 species)

American Goldfinch (male)
Warbling Vireo

This morning’s group:


Fragrant Sumac (Rhus aromatica)
Staghorn Sumac (Rhus typhina)
White Ash (Fraxinus american)
Kentucky Bluegrass (Poa pratensis)
Eastern Cottonwood (Populus deltoides)
White Pine (Pinus strobus)
Ninebark (Physocarpus opulifolius)
Nannyberry (Viburnum lentago)
Choke Cherry (Prunus virginiana)
Wych Elm (Ulmus glabra)


Dark hills at evening in the west,
Where sunset hovers like a sound
Of golden horns that sang to rest
Old bones of warriors under ground,
Far now from all the bannered ways
Where flash the legions of the sun,
You fade-as if the last of days
Were fading, and all wars were done. – Edwin Robinson

Miles Hearn

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