Bud opening on 9 March 2016. What shrub is this? (photo by Kate St. John)
Flowers, birds, and too many deer, here are some sightings from Schenley Park in this week’s abnormally warm weather.
Red maples and American elms are blooming and bush honeysuckles are opening their leaves.
Above, these yellow flowers are beautiful on a large ornamental shrub but I can’t identify it. Do you know what it is?
Below, our days are sometimes graced by a roosting eastern screech-owl. I saw him on Thursday but he’s often not there. Benjamin Haake was lucky to photograph him.
Eastern screech-owl, Schenley Park (photo by Benjamin Haake)
A decade ago deer were rare in Schenley Park but their population doubles every two to three years (yes, it doubles) and it’s taking its toll. This week I walked by the golf course and noticed these arborvitae trees are naked from the ground to the height of a deer. The browse line indicates there are now too many deer in Schenley Park — more than the land can support.
The browse line: Arborvitae eaten by too many deer at Schenley Park Golf Course (photo by Kate St. John)
And finally, this plant is blooming in Schenley but also in lawns and waste places. From long experience I know it’s hard to identify (and photograph). Hairy bittercress (Cardamine hirsuta) is a non-native that’s not in many field guides. Click here to learn more about it.
Hairy bittercress, 10 Mar 2016, Schenley Park (photo by Kate St. John)
(flower and tree photos by Kate St. John. Eastern screech-owl by Benjamin Haake)
p.s. Adam Haritan suggests that the yellow flower is Cornelian cherry (Cornus mas). That’s what it looks like to me (Click the link to read more and see a similar photo.)