Cormorants & Joe-pye-weed at Lambton Woods / September 21, 2019

These days cormorants are on their way south to the south-eastern Atlantic coast and further. They become less and less common. It is rare to see one in November.

Double-crested Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant

Species list: double-crested cormorant, great blue heron, black-crowned night heron, Canada goose, mallard, ring-billed gull, belted kingfisher, hairy woodpecker, downy woodpecker, blue jay, gray catbird, American robin, common grackle, northern cardinal.  (14 species)

Mallards
bathing Canada Goose
Common Grackle

Other nature:

Snail with Riverbank Grape
Eastern Chipmunk
Eastern Chipmunk

Numerous signs in parks encourage people NOT to feed birds and animals so that they will seek natural food.

This is, of course, often ignored.

Squirrel with croissant

Botany:

Joe-pye-weed (Eutrochium maculatum)
New England Aster waiting fun to open the petals
Amur Cork-tree (Phellodendron amurense)
Bittersweet Nightshade (Solanum dulamara)
Spotted Jewelweed (Impatiens capensis)
Hedge-parsley (Torilis japonica)
Canada Goldenrod (Solidago canadensis)

Park scenes:

This mornings group:

NATURE POETRY

The Lonely Land

A. J. M. Smith

Cedar and jagged fir

uplift sharp barbs

against the gray

and cloud-piled sky;

and in the bay

blown spume and windrift

and thin, bitter spray

snap

at the whirling sky;

and the pine trees

lean one way.

A wild duck calls

to her mate,

and the ragged

and passionate tones

stagger and fall,

and recover,

and stagger and fall,

on these stones —

are lost

in the lapping of water

on smooth, flat stones.

This is a beauty

of dissonance,

this resonance

of stony strand,

this smoky cry

curled over a black pine

like a broken

and wind-battered branch

when the wind

bends the tops of the pines

and curdles the sky

from the north.

This is the beauty

of strength

broken by strength

and still strong.

Miles Hearn

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