Category Archives: Nature Walk Reports

a Snowy December Walk at Marie Curtis Park / December 2, 2019

Today was the final Fall walk and, appropriately, conditions were winter-like with snow falling and a temperature of -2 degrees.

Park scenes:

Japanese Knotweed (Fallopia japonica)
Japanese Knotweed (Fallopia japonica)
American Beech (Fagus grandifolia)
White Spruce (Picea glauca)
Sweetbier (Rosa rubiginosa)
Sweetbier (Rosa rubiginosa)
Red Ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica)

Species list:  Canada goose, mallard, American black duck, hooded merganser, herring gull, ring-billed gull, downy woodpecker, American crow, black-capped chickadee, northern cardinal, American goldfinch. (11 species)

Mallards, Ring-billed Gulls and Herring Gull (larger)
Ring-billed Gull
Mallards, Ring-billed Gull and Herring Gull (larger)
Mallard (male) with snow on back
Mallard (female) with snow on back
Mallard (female) above with American Black Duck (male)

Today’s group:

NATURE POETRY

There comes the sound of childish feet
And childish laughter loud and sweet,
And little hands stretch eager palms
To beg the firelight’s golden alms.     – James Berry Bensel (1903–85)

Miles Hearn