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Indigo Bunting at Wilket Creek Park / June 25, 2019

A thick leaf canopy makes it difficult to locate birds in the forest in summer except by song. Scarlet Tanager, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Pine Warbler and Eastern Wood Pewee were all singing today on this 22 degree, sun mixed with cloud morning.

Fortunately Indigo Buntings enjoy singing loudly from an obvious perch.

Indigo Bunting (male)
Indigo Bunting (male)
Indigo Bunting (male)
Indigo Bunting (male)
Indigo Bunting (male)

A couple of Red-tailed Hawks also showed themselves:

Red-tailed Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk

Species list: red-tailed hawk, red-bellied woodpecker, hairy woodpecker, downy woodpecker, eastern wood pewee, barn swallow,  blue jay, black-capped chickadee, white-breasted nuthatch, American robin, red-eyed vireo, pine warbler, northern cardinal, scarlet tanager, American goldfinch, indigo bunting.  (16 species)

This mornings group:

Park scenes:

Mushrooms

Botany:

Multiflora Rose Rosa multiflora)
Purple-flowering Raspberry (Rubus odoratus)
Black Raspberry (Rubus occidentalis)
Yellow Avens (Geum aleppicum)
Dog-strangling Vine (Vincetoxicum rossicum)
Red Pine (Pinus resinosa)
Common Buttercup (Ranunculus acris)

NATURE POETRY

Progressive Insanities of a Pioneer

iii The house pitched

the plot staked

in the middle of nowhere

At night the mind

inside, in the middle

of nowhere

The idea of an animal

patters across the roof

In the darkness the fields

defend themselves with fences

in vain:

everything

is getting in – Margaret Atwood

Miles Hearn