High Winds at Col Sam Smith Park/ May 28, 2019

At times the winds were so strong at Whimbrel Point that it was difficult to stay standing. The whimbrels certainly avoided the area meaning that during six recent visits here, we had whimbrels on two of the days.

Here is how the park looked on this 11 degree morning:

The Red-necked Grebe seems annoyed by the Ring-billed Gull fishing nearby:

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

Mute Swan
American Goldfinch
Brown-headed Cowbird (male)
Red-winged Blackbird (male)
Red-winged Blackbird nest
Gray Catbird
Red-necked Grebe
American Robin
Song Sparrow
Tree Swallow
Eastern Kingbird
Eastern Kingbird

Some botany:

Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)
Yellow Rocket (Barbarea vulgaris)

This morning’s group:


Hebe’s here, May is here!
The air is fresh and sunny;
And the miser-bees are busy
Hoarding golden honey!           – Thomas Bailey Aldrich (1836–1907)

Miles Hearn

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