A Rainy Walk at Thompson Park: September 22, 2021

In 15 years of leading these walks, there have been 3 occasions when no-one showed up due to bad weather. In those cases I did some of the walk by myself and then took a selfie for the post.

This morning there was steady rain but it was neither cold nor windy. How many walkers would brave the rain for a long walk?

This morning’s group:

Pretty impressive!

As I have learned the hard way not to take my camera out in the rain, I took these photos from my car before the walk:

St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church sexton’s house
St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church sexton’s house
St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church cemetery
St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church

I also took some photos of the very swollen Highland Creek with a little point-and-shoot camera under the shelter of an umbrella.

Despite the rain, we did have some birds. I include photos from previous walks of these 12 species.

Red-tailed Hawk
Ring-billed Gull
Hairy Woodpecker (male)
Blue Jay
Black-capped Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
American Robin
European Starling
Northern Cardinal (male)
American Goldfinch (male)
Song Sparrow

We also saw three species of Jewelweed (photos from previous walks).

Spotted Jewelweed (Impatiens capensis)
Pale Jewelweed (Impatiens pallida)
Himalayan Balsam (Impatiens grandulifera)


September strews the woodlot o’er
With many a brilliant color;
The world is brighter than before,
Why should our hearts be duller?                    – Thomas W. Parsons (1819–92)

Miles Hearn

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