Bluegill Sunfish at High Park / June 21, 2019

This is the first time that I have put a fish name into the title for a nature walk report. These fish were in very shallow water and someone confirmed that they are Largemouth Bass..

Bluegill Sunfish
Bluegill Sunfish

Today is the first day of summer and most bird species are well into their breeding cycles which results in much less singing and fewer species to easily spot.

Species list: black-crowned night heron, mute swan, Canada goose, mallard, wood duck, northern flicker, eastern kingbird, black-capped chickadee, house wren, American robin, European starling, cedar waxwing, warbling vireo, house sparrow, red-winged blackbird, brown-headed cowbird, common grackle, Baltimore oriole, northern cardinal, American goldfinch.  (20 species)

Red-winged Blackbird (male)
Red-winged Blackbird (female)
Wood Duck chicks
American Robin (juvenile)
Moulting male Mallards

Park scenes:

Hobomok Skipper Butterfly


Serviceberry (Amelanchier)
Reed Canary Grass (Phalaris arundinacea)
Huckleberry (Gaylussacia baccata)
Buttercup (Ranunculus acris)
Wild Lupine (Lupinus perennis)
Black Raspberry (Rubus occidentalis)
Maple-leaved Viburnum (Viburnum acerifolium)
Goatsbeard (Tragopogon)
Stoneseed (False Gromwell Lithospermum molle
Bush-honeysuckle (Diervilla lonicera)
Yellow Hawkweed (Hieracium caespitosum)

This morning’s group:


A rosebud, by my early walk 
Adown a corn-inclosèd bawk, 
Sae gently bent its thorny stalk, 
All on a dewy morning. 
Ere twice the shades o’ dawn are fled, 
In a’ its crimson glory spread, 
And drooping rich the dewy head, 
It scents the early morning. 

Within the bush her covert nest 
A little linnet fondly prest, 
The dew sat chilly on her breast 
So early in the morning. 
She soon shall see her tender brood 
The pride, the pleasure o’ the wood, 
Amang the fresh green leaves bedew’d, 
Awauk the early morning. 

So thou, dear bird, young Jeany fair, 
On trembling string or vocal air, 
Shalt sweetly pay the tender care 
That tents thy early morning. 
So thou, sweet Rose bud, young and gay, 
Shalt beauteous blaze upon the day, 
And bless the Parent’s evening ray 
That watch’d thy early morning. – Robert Burns

Miles Hearn

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