Brilliant Colour at Rouge Hills: October 28, 2019

The blue sky this morning really showcased the many vivid colours of autumn.

Today’s group on this 10 degree sunny morning:

Species list: Canada Goose, blue jay, American crow, black-capped chickadee, American robin, ruby-crowned kinglet, European starling, northern cardinal, American goldfinch, song sparrow.  (10 species)

Euopean Starling

Some botany:

Bitternut Hickory nut (Carya cordiformis)
Apple Cedar Rust with blue cones on Red-cedar
Red-cedar (Juniperus virginiana)
Crab Apples
Crab Apples
Red Oak (Quercus rubra)
White Birch leaves (Betula papyrifera)
Queen Anne’s-lace (Daucus carota)
Red Clover (Trifolium pratense)
Amur Honeysuckle (Lonicera maackii)

Other nature:

Woolly Bear
English Garden Snail

NATURE POETRY

October’s face, benign and mellow,
Turns nuts to brown and leaves to yellow;
But (like the Scorpion, sting in tail)
He ends with frost and scourging hail.   Jan Struther (1901–53)

Miles Hearn

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