Crothers Woods: March 30, 2020

After rain most of the day, I went out briefly in the afternoon and avoided mostly getting wet.

The trails here were muddier than I have ever seen them:

Mud

Here is how my boots looked:

Some Botany:

Beaked Hazel (Corylus cornuta)
Trout-lily (Erythronium americanum)
Red Oak (Quercus Rubra)
Red Oak (Quercus Rubra) acorn
Red Oak (Quercus Rubra) acorn
Tartarian Honeysuckle (Lonicera tatarica)
Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica)
Black Walnut (Juglans nigra)
Celandine (Chelidonium majus)
Pennsylvania Bitter Cress (Cardamine pensylvanica)
Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum)
White Oak (Quercus alba)
American Beech (Fagus grandifolia)
Turkey-tails
Wavy Starburst Moss
Hop-hornbeam (Ostrya virginiana)
Choke Cherry (Prunus virginiana)
Bitternut Hickory (Carya cordiformis)
Canada Goldenrod (Solidago canadensis)
Kentucky Bluegrass (Poa pratensis)
Figwort (Scrophularia lanceolata)
This year’s Garlic Mustard
Last year’s Garlic Mustard

Many birds were singing including Belted Kingfisher, American Goldfinch, American Robin, Song Sparrow and Northern Cardinal.

Other Sights:

Black Squirrel with red tail
Red Squirrel
Beaver gnawing
Mallard (female)

I saw this sign as I was leaving:

NATURE POETRY

From December to March, there are—for many of
us—three gardens:
the garden outdoors,
the garden of pots and bowls in the house,
and the garden of the mind’s eye.         – Katharine S. White (1892–1977)

Miles Hearn

3 thoughts on “Crothers Woods: March 30, 2020

  1. Charles Bruce-Thompson

    Thanks for this vicarious pleasure!

    So are mosses a new field of interest for you? What resource do you use to identify them?

    Reply
  2. George

    “Do not use trails when muddy”?! Did you fall or slip ever during this outing?
    I would report to the City that this sign is in the wrong place!

    Reply

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