Blue-head and Ruby-crown by Highland Creek: October 1, 2021

You never know what you will find on an outing into nature. Plants are always there, but sometimes there are few birds. Today was not one of those days and we had some interesting migrants at Thompson Park.

Blue-headed Vireo
Blue-headed Vireo
Blue-headed Vireo
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Golden-crowned Kinglet

We also had several species that can be found here all year round.

American Goldfinch
American Goldfinch
Song Sparrow
Mallard (female)
Mallard (male)
Northern Cardinal (male)
American Goldfinch
American Goldfinch
American Goldfinch

Species list: mallard, red-tailed hawk, downy woodpecker, hairy woodpecker, blue jay, American crow, black-capped chickadee, white-breasted nuthatch, red-breasted nuthatch, American robin, golden-crowned kinglet, ruby-crowned kinglet, blue-headed vireo, house sparrow, common grackle, northern cardinal, American goldfinch, song sparrow. (18 species)

Today’s group:

Park views:

Some botany:

Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)
Dog-strangling Vine (Vincetoxicum rossicum)
Basswood (Tilia americana)
Cat-tail (Typha)
Panicled Aster (Symphyotrichum lanceolatum)
Ohio Buckeye (Aesculus glabra)
Black Walnut (Juglans nigra)
Butter-and-Eggs (Linaria vulgaris)
New England Aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae)
Barber-pole Bulrush (Scirpus microcarpus)
Canada Goldenrod (Solidago canadense)
New England Aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae)

NATURE POETRY

Heart-breaking summer beyond taste,
Ripeness and frost are soon to know;
But might such color hold the west,
And time, and time, be honey-slow!                 – Léonie Adams (1899–1988)

Miles Hearn

5 thoughts on “Blue-head and Ruby-crown by Highland Creek: October 1, 2021

  1. Carl McCrosky

    and that’s undoubtedly the best photo of a Ruby-Crowned Kinglet that’s ever been taken! (the first one)

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  2. Gail

    My Computer is telling me I have to upgrade my storage! I can’t send these beautiful photographs into the waste basket. I long to paint so many of your closeups of birds.
    Thanks for Friday’s collection.

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