Muskrat at High Park: March 31, 2022

I have seen many Muskrats this winter and spring and we had another at High Park:

Muskrat
Muskrat

The Muskrat tail is long, naked, scaly and black:

Muskrat tail

High Park scenes:

Some botany:

Flowering Cherry Tree
Flowering Cherry Tree
Northern Catalpa (Catalpa speciosa)
Austrian Pine cone (Pinus nigra)

Red-winged Blackbird males always return first in spring but now some females have joined them:

Red-winged Blackbird (female)
Red-winged Blackbird (female)

Other birds:

House Sparrow (female)
Mallard (male)
Downy Woodpecker (female)
American Goldfinch (male)
Northern Shoveler (male)
American Robin
Mallards
Wood Duck (male)
Northern Shoveler (male)
Wood Duck (female)
Northern Shoveler (male)
Northern Cardinal (male)
Wood Duck (male)
Wood Duck (female)
Canada Goose
Song Sparrow
House Sparrow (female)
Red-winged Blackbird (male)

Today’s group:

NATURE POETRY

For glad spring has begun,
And to the ardent Sun
The Earth, long time so bleak,
Turns a frostbitten cheek.             – Celia Thaxter (1835–94)

Miles Hearn

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