Ashbridge’s Bay in Early June

I come here often in the winter months to have a good look at nature in the cold.

Red-tailed Hawk in upper left corner
Common Goldeneye (female)

On this day, I decided to see how it looks in June.

The Ladybugs were enjoying each other’s company:

Asian Ladybugs

A Painted lady was sunning itself:

American Lady
American Lady

a dog was enjoying a fetch:

some ducklings were out with mom:

Mallard (female) with young

this Red-wing flew right into the back of my head; no doubt to the admiration of a nearby female:

Red-winged Blackbird (male)

and a lone American Wigeon was out in the bay:

American wigeon (male)

other birds:

European Starlings
Mute Swan
Trumpeter Swan
Canada Goose
Canada Goose
Black-capped Chickadee in Larch
Song Sparrow
Red-winged Blackbird (female)

Some botany:

Silverweed (Potentilla anserina)
Choke Cherry (Prunus virginiana)
Larch (Larix decidua)
Hackberry (Celtis occidentalis)
Red-osier (Cornus sericea)
Red-osier (Cornus sericea)
Hawthorn (Crataegus)
Lilac (Syringa vulgaris)
Lilac (Syringa vulgaris)
Norway Spruce (Picea abies)
Scotch Pine (Pinus sylvestris)
Orchard Grass (Dactylis glomerata)
Red Clover (Trifolium pratense)
Cotoneaster (Cotoneaster divaricatus)
Wych Elm (Ulmus glabra)
Wych Elm (Ulmus glabra)
Bridal-wreath (Spiraea x vanhoutiei)
Morrow Honeysuckle (Lonicera morrowii)
Brome Grass (Bromus inermis)
Kentucky Coffee-tree (Gymnocladus dioicus)
Sandbar Willow (Salix exigua)
Cottonwood (Populus deltoides)
Scotch Pine (Pinus sylvestris)
Dame’s Rocket (Hesperis matronalis)
Yellow Avens (Geum aleppicum)

NATURE POETRY

Oh. give us pleasure in the orchard white,
Like nothing else by day, like ghosts by night;
And make us happy in the happy bees,
That swarm dilating round the perfect trees. – Robert Frost

Miles Hearn

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