Sweetbrier is variously called sweet briar, sweet briar rose, sweet brier or eglantine. It is native to Europe and western Asia. The stems bear numerous hooked prickles:
The fruit is a red hip:
A tea made from these hips is very popular in Europe and elsewhere.
American Tree Sparrows breed near the Hudson Bay coast and the northern part of James Bay.
In this part of Ontario it is a winter bird.
As a child one winter, I helped my grandfather band birds and we banded a few tree sparrows.
The following winter it returned to exactly the same spot after spending the summer over 1500 kms to the north, an amazing feat!
Species list: Canada goose, mallard, American black duck, bufflehead, hooded merganser, ring-billed gull, mourning dove, downy woodpecker, blue jay, common raven, black-capped chickadee, northern cardinal, American tree sparrow. (13 species)
Not too many birds on this 6 degree, very windy and rainy morning.
Lisa (left) attended every Wednesday walk this fall!
November woods are bare and still;
November days are clear and bright;
Each noon burns up the morning’s chill;
The morning’s snow is gone by night. – Helen Hunt Jackson (1830–85)