Sharp-shinned Hawk and Grosbeak: September 14, 2021

The Guild In area is lovely in September and it was a pleasure to have two walks here today.

10 am

1 pm

Some scenes from today:

The Sharp-shinned Hawk is a bird-eating hawk not much larger than a Blue Jay. We had a good look at one today.

Sharp-shinned Hawk (juvenile)
Sharp-shinned Hawk (juvenile)
Sharp-shinned Hawk (juvenile)

Male and female Rose-breasted Grosbeaks also made an appearance. As you can see, they don’t look alike.

Rose-breasted Grosbeak (male)
Rose-breasted Grosbeak (female)
Rose-breasted Grosbeak (male)

Other birds:

Blue jay
American Robin (juvenile)
European Starling
American Redstart (female)
Hermit Thrush
Black-capped Chickadee
Mourning Dove

Species list: Sharp-shinned hawk, red-tailed Hawk, ring-billed gull, mourning dove, northern flicker, hairy woodpecker, eastern phoebe, eastern pewee, blue jay, black-capped chickadee, white-breasted nuthatch, American robin, hermit thrush, European starling, American redstart, house sparrow, common grackle, northern cardinal, rose-breasted grosbeak. (19 species)

Some botany:

New England Aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae)
Multiflora Rose (Rosa multiflora)
Queen Anne’s-lace (Daucus carota)
Late Goldenrod (Solidago gigantea)
Panicled Aster (Symphyotrichum lanceolatum)
Heart-leaved Aster (Symphyotrichum cordifolium))
Chicory (Cichorium intybus)
Staghorn Sumac (Rhus typhina)
Canada Thistle (Cirsium pratense)
White Cedar (Thuja occidentalis)
Hawthorn (Crataegus)
Jerusalem Artichoke (Helianthus tuberosus)

NATURE POETRY

If other planets dark as earth
About dim trembling stars 
Carry frail freight of death and birth, 
Wild love, and endless wars;
If from far, unseen motes in flight 
Life look down questioning 
This helpless passage through the night 
Is a less lonely thing.                                       – Carrie Law Morgan Figgs (1878–1968)

Miles Hearn

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