Vista Trail, Rouge Park: July 2021

The Vista Trail runs west of the Little Rouge Creek.


Some birds:

Song Sparrow
Eastern Kingbird
American Robin
Song Sparrow


I will identify it at the end of the post.

Some botany:

Purple Loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria)
Daisy Fleabane (Erigeron annuus)
Bush-honeysuckle (Diervilla lonicera)
Red Baneberry (Actaea rubra)
Poison Ivy (Toxicodendron rydbergii)
Pointed-leaved Tick-trefoil (Desmodium glutinosum)
Purple-flowering Raspberry (Rubus odoratus)
Poke Milkweed (Asclepias exaltata)
Yarrow (Achillea millefolia)
Indian-hemp (Apocynum cannabinum)
Sensitive Fern
Pointed-leaved Tick-trefoil (Desmodium glutinosum)
Bladder Campion (Silene vulgaris)
Thimbleweed (Anemone canadensis)
Honeysuckle (Lonicera)
Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta)

a Poison Ivy look-alike

Hog-peanut (Amphicarpaea bracteata)
Yellow Bedstraw (Galium verum)
Christmas Fern
Staghorn Sumac (Rhus typhina)
Timothy (Phleum pratense)
Rattlesnake-root (Prenathes alba)


Warm reddish brown above with a conspicuous white eyebrow stripe indicates a Carolina Wren.

Carolina Wren


Butterflies all flutter up
And kiss each little buttercup
At dawning
If I had Aladdin’s lamp
For only a day
I’d make a wish
And here’s what I’d say

Nothing could be finer
Than to be in Carolina
In the morning. – Gus Kahn (1886 – 1941)

Miles Hearn

3 thoughts on “Vista Trail, Rouge Park: July 2021

  1. Charles Bruce-Thompson

    Hi Miles,

    Have you ever seen so much gypsy moth activity? The willows, oaks and poplars seem to be the worst affected

  2. Lisa Volkov

    Gorgeous place! Beautiful botany and birds! So now I know what a Carolina Wren looks like (we’ve heard them) close up. What a lovely-looking bird. Thanks, Miles!


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