Poetry in the Sky at Col. Sam Smith Park / November 21, 2019

The ancient Greeks believed that the souls of poets pass into swans. Seeing the pair that we saw this morning (4 degrees and overcast), I tend to agree.

Mute Swans
Mute Swans
Mute Swans
Mute Swans
Mute Swans
Mute Swans

Here they are before they took wing:

Mute Swans

Species list: red-necked grebe, mute swan, Canada goose, mallard, American black duck, gadwall, American wigeon, bufflehead, common goldeneye, long-tailed duck,  red-breasted merganser, herring gull, ring-billed gull, blue jay, European starling, house sparrow, northern cardinal, American goldfinch.  (18 species)

European Starling
American wigeon (male)
American wigeon (male)
Bufflehead (female)
House Sparrow (female)
Cooper’s Hawk
Cooper’s Hawk
Cooper’s Hawk

Some botany:

Red-osier (Cornus sericea)
Nannyberry (Viburnum lentago)
White Spruce (Pice glauca)
Cottonwood (Populus deltoides)
Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolta)
Oriental Bittersweet (Celastrus orbiculatus)

Park scenes:

Evidence of Beavers

Today’s group:

NATURE POETRY

Sweet Swan of Avon! What a sight it were
To see thee in our waters yet appear,
And make those flights upon the bankes of Thames
That so did take Eliza and our James! – Ben Jonson memorial to Shakespeare in 1623

(Eliza and James refer to Queen Elizabeth and King James)

Miles Hearn

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