Maple foliage

The sugar maples (Acer saccharum) along Cobbs Creek just south of Marshall Road, and also along 63rd Street down to Catharine Street, are a vivid red.


Birds and fruit at the library

This afternoon, Robins (Turdus migratorius), Starlings (Sturnus vulgaris), and House Sparrows (Passer domesticus) were eating the red fruits of the hawthorn (Crataegus sp.) trees planted along the 20th Street side of the Free Library on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway – the also-red fruits of the adjacent toothache trees (Zanthoxylum sp.) went uneaten.

Sparrows in Center City

White-throated Sparrows (Zonotrichia albicollis) were calling and flitting on the ground and in the trees in the park at the southeast corner of 18th and Cherry today.  [there was also a Winter Wren there on the 27th of October – RH]

There was also jimsonweed (Datura stramonium) growing and flowering there, in the far northwest corner of the park, this past summer.

7 November 2015: skip laurel is flowering at this park, along Cherry Street