American Pipit at a windy Col. Sam Smith Park / November 15, 2019

We spotted a woman busily taking photographs of a little bird on the beach here on this windy, overcast and -1 degree morning. She excitedly told me that it was an American Pipit .. a life first sighting for her. Fortunately I was able to get a few photos before the bird flew out of sight.

American Pipit
American Pipit
American Pipit

Species list: red-necked grebe, mute swan, Canada goose, mallard, gadwall, American black duck, redhead, bufflehead, common goldeneye, red-breasted merganser, ring-billed gull, great black-backed gull, blue jay, black-capped chickadee, American pipit, house sparrow, northern cardinal, dark-eyed junco.  (18 species)

Canada Goose
Mallard (male)
Red-necked Grebes
Red-breasted Merganser (female)
Bufflehead (female)

Some botany:

Bull Thistle (Cirsium vulgare)
Red Ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica)
Red Osier (Cornus sericea)
Phragmites (Phragmites australis)
Ninebark (Physocarpus opulifolius)

Park scenes:

Squirrel with walnut

Today’s group:


” What do you hunt, Orion,
This starry night?”
“The Ram, the Bull and the Lion,
And the Great Bear,” says Orion.        – Robert Graves (1895–1985)  

Miles Hearn

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