A Beautiful Day at Col. Sam Smith Park (10 am & 1 pm groups) / November 26, 2019

After so many winter-like days this month, it was a pleasure to have blue sky and up to 11 degrees today. Add to this, very little wind. By the afternoon I was walking around wearing a light sweater instead of my parka.

Evem the midges were out today:

Midges

Species list: mute swan, Canada goose, mallard, American black duck, gadwall, American wigeon, bufflehead, long-tailed duck, greater scaup, white-winged scoter, red-breasted merganser, common merganser, herring gull, ring-billed gull, downy woodpecker, blue jay, black-capped chickadee, house sparrow, northern cardinal, American goldfinch, house finch.  (21 species)

Gadwall (male)
Ring-billed Gull
American Goldfinch
House Finch (female)
Buffleheads
Canada Goose & Ring-billed Gull
Bufflehead (male)

Park scenes:

Mink

Some botany:

Brome Grass (Bromus inermis)
Oriental Bittersweet (Celastrus orbiculatus)
Staghorn Sumac (Rhus typhina)
Mealy Rosette Lichen
Nannyberry (Viburnum lentago)
Nannyberry (Viburnum lentago)
White Birch (Betula papyrifera)
Red Ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica)

A few arrived after I took the 10 a.m. group photo, so here are 2 photos:

1 p.m. group:

NATURE POETRY

Nature always wears the colors of the spirit.   – Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–82)

Miles Hearn

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