What a Classy Mustache! August 2021

Long ago, I showed up at my grandparents house sporting a mustache. “Why would you want to hide your handsome face with that?” was my grandmother’s reaction. It clearly didn’t work for me but for celebrated actor Clark Gable it did.

It also apparently works in the mind of a female Northern Flicker. Over time, the males have developed a dark face marking which looks a lot like a mustache.

Northern Flicker (male)

I had a good look at this male during a visit to Marie Curtis Park.

Northern Flicker (male)
Northern Flicker (male)
Northern Flicker (male)
Northern Flicker (male)
Northern Flicker (male)
Northern Flicker (male)
Northern Flicker (male)

Here is a female.

Northern Flicker (female)

MYSTERY BIRD

I will identify it at the end of the post.

Other birds:

American Robin
Red-tailed Hawk
Downy Woodpecker (male)
Downy Woodpecker (male)
Downy Woodpecker (male)
Downy Woodpecker (male)
Downy Woodpecker (male)
Downy Woodpecker (male)

Some botany:

Choke Cherry (Prunus virginiana)
Purple Loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria)
Bittersweet Nightshade (Solanum dulcmara)
Prickly Lettuce (Lactuca serriola)
Catnip (Nepeta cataria)
Teasle (Dipsacus fullonum)
Spotted Knapweed (Centaurea stoebe)
White Clover (Trifolium arvense)
Spotted Knapweed (Centaurea stoebe)
Catnip (Nepeta cataria)
Viper’s Bugloss (Echium vulgare)
Bird Vetch (Vicia cracca)
Great Burdock (Arctium lappa)

MYSTERY BIRD

The brown back and no breastband identifies a Rough-winged Swallow.

Northern Rough-winged Swallow

NATURE POETRY

The Woodpecker

His bill an auger is,
His head, a cap and frill.
He laboreth at every tree, —
A worm his utmost goal. – Emily Dickinson (1830 – 86)

Miles Hearn

1 thought on “What a Classy Mustache! August 2021

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.