Merlin at Ashbridge’s Bay: August 2022

With a lot of rain in the forecast today, I headed to Ashbridge’s Bay for a quick walk to see if any migrating warblers might be here. No luck but I did find a Merlin.

Merlin

At first I though it was a pigeon. The resemblance, especially in the air, led to the former name of Pigeon Hawk.

Merlin
Merlin
Merlin

Other birds:

Rock Pigeon with several bands
Mallard family
Cedar Waxwings
Double-crested Cormorant
Mallard family
Mute Swan (juvenile)
Cedar Waxwings
Mallard
Mute Swans
Double-crested Cormorant
Mallard
Canada Goose
Double-crested Cormorant
Ring-billed Gull
Double-crested Cormorant
Mallard

Some botany:

Gerardia (Agalinis purpurea)
Three Square Sedge
Gerardia (Agalinis purpurea)
Willow Pine Cone Gall
Boneset (Eupatorium perfoliatum)
Gerardia (Agalinis purpurea)
Ragweed (Ambrosia artemisifolia)
Gerardia (Agalinis purpurea)
Amur Maple (Acer ginnala)
Purple Loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria)
Xanthium strumarium (cocklebur also called clotbur)
Gerardia (Agalinis purpurea)

NATURE POETRY

High noon in August! over all the land
The very air is palpitant with heat;
While stretching far, the fields of ripening wheat
Unrippled lie as plains of yellow sand!                 – Henry Sylvester Cornwell (1831–1886)

Miles Hearn

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