Saturday, April 26, 2014

Inwood Hill Park - Apr 26 - between the rains

It rained quite a bit overnight, but then broke up around sunup before the rains came back again in the afternoon. Errands and other commitments meant I didn't even have time to get up on the ridge this morning while the weather was nice. I did get a little way up the Clove and heard calling Northern Flicker, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Eastern Phoebe, Carolina Wren, Northern Cardinal and White-throated Sparrow among the expected residents and migrants, but did not hear or see any warblers. Once again it gave me an opportunity to note some of the trees that are in bloom or starting to bloom. The Eastern Redbuds are starting. Part way up the Clove a Black/Sweet Birch was festooned with long yellow-green catkins shining in the early morning sun.

Black/Sweet Birch catkins                                                                              © Joseph DiCostanzo

Black/Sweet Birch bark                                                           © Joseph DiCostanzo

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