Ashbridges Bay: June 2021

I see Ashbridge’s Bay often in winter.

Quite different in June:

Gull feather


I will identify it at the end of the post.

Other birds:

Red-winged Blackbird (male)
House Sparrow (female)
Warbling Vireo
juvenile House Sparrow
Song Sparrow
juvenile House Sparrow
Baltimore Oriole (male)
House Sparrows
Common Grackle
Common Grackle
Mallard (male)
European Starling
Hybrid “bib” duck

Some botany:

Russian-olive (Elaeagnus angustifolia)
Bladder Campion (Silene vulgaris)
Shining Willow (Salix lucida)
Cottonwood seeds
Larch (Larix decidua)
Choke Cherry (Prunus virginiana)
Serviceberry (Amelanchier)
Reed Canary Grass (Phalaris arundinacea)
Bridal-wreath (Spiraea x vanhoutiei)
White Mulberry (Morus alba)
Bladder Campion (Silene vulgaris)
Goat’s-beard (Tragopogon)


This striped brownish bird is a female House Finch.

House Finch (female)


I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by;
And the wheel’s kick and the wind’s song and the white sail’s shaking,
And a grey mist on the sea’s face, and a grey dawn breaking. – John Masefield (1878 – 1967)

Miles Hearn

4 thoughts on “Ashbridges Bay: June 2021

  1. Pam Stevens

    I will never look at a Grackle the same way after seeing your photos today—the face of an eagle!

  2. Trudy Rising

    Those two grackle shots are just astounding, Miles. What timing to have gotten those. You must be so pleased with them. Wow!

  3. Lisa Volkov

    Thanks for reminding us of the beauty of winter. It sure can be beautiful, yes, but I think I will continue to enjoy spring/summer for a bit longer. No rush!
    Whew, that Grackle certainly looked fierce. Thanks, Miles!


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