Jun 29 2015
Despite the cold, gray, and drizzle 12 people came out to walk in Schenley Park yesterday morning.
Our best birds were a Baltimore oriole with a fledgling, northern rough-winged swallows, a scarlet tanager, gray catbirds and a rose-breasted grosbeak.
We also observed that deer tried to eat the Black Cohosh flowers and rejected them (they smell bad), Bottlebrush Buckeye is in full bloom near Panther Hollow Lake, and a rose-breasted grosbeak jumped up to eat Pale Touch-me-not seeds.
Yesterday’s walk was the last one on the schedule but many of you asked for more so I’m pleased to announce 4 more monthly walks — late July through late October — that will take us up to winter. (Most are the last Sunday of the month, but not in August.)
- Sunday, July 26: Meet at Bartlett Shelter. Let’s look at the park from a different angle and see what’s blooming in the meadow.
- Sunday, August 23: Meet at the Schenley Park Visitors Center. What’s changed at the lake since June? Late summer flowers and a hint of fall.
- Sunday September 27: Meet at Bartlett Shelter. It’s Great Race Day so we’ll avoid road closures and spend time at the quiet end of the park.
- Sunday, October 25: Meet at the Schenley Park Visitors Center for the last walk before winter sets in. Will the crows be back yet?
As always, the walks are 8:30am to 10:30am. Dress for the weather, wear comfortable walking shoes, and bring binoculars if you have them.
Click here for more information and updates if a walk is canceled for bad weather.
See you then!
(photo by Kate St. John)