the Colour Red at Rouge Hill (10 am & 1 pm groups) / October 15, 2019

It is a lovely time of year colour-wise and the peak should come in the next few days.

Here are some of the reds that we saw today:

Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum)
Staghorn Sumac (Rhus typhina)
Freeman Maple (Acer x freemanii)
Multiflora Rose (Rosa multiflora)
Amur Honeysuckle (Lonicera maackii)
Amur Honeysuckle (Lonicera maackii)
Poison Ivy (Toxicodendron rydbergii)
Crab Apples

and some orange:

White Oak (Quercus alba)

Other botany:

Rayless Aster (Symphyotrichum ciliatum)
Frost on grass
Narrow-leaved Cat-tail (Typha angustifolia)

Species list: turkey vulture, red-tailed hawk, herring gull, belted kingfisher, hairy woodpecker, downy woodpecker, blue jay, common raven, black-capped chickadee, white-breasted nuthatch, American robin, ruby-crowned kinglet, northern cardinal, American goldfinch, song sparrow.  (15 species)

Ruby-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
Song Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Park scenes:

10 a.m. group:

1 p.m. group:


When on the ground red apples lie
In piles like jewels shining,
And redder still on old stone walls
Are leaves of woodbine twining.         – Helen Hunt Jackson (1830–85)

Miles Hearn

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