Thursday, January 26, 2012

Nature Notes: Walk in the Park


While there's still no snow, it has gotten quite cold. The frost made last year's fern into a beautiful sculpture.

A Eurasian Jay (Garrulus glandarius) was watching me, but seemed to feel that I wasn't worth screeching a warning.

Witch Hazel (Hamalelis virginiana) is sometimes called Winterbloom for obvious reasons. The witch part come from the Middle English word wice, that means bendable (wicker has the same source).

a Black Swan (Cygnus atratus) - an unusual bird for the Hamburg Stadtpark, usually there are only Mute Swans (Cygnus olor) and they are now all in their winter home - all swans living on the Alster (the Stadtpark lake is part of that) are captured and cared for during the winter. That's the job of the Swan Father (really, the job is called just that). I wonder where the Black Swan came from.

a Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra)

Nature Notes is hosted by Michelle at Rambling Woods

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