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.
The southern magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora) on Hamilton Walk, just west of Penn’s Biomedical Library, is currently dropping its fruit.
Muhlenbergia capillaris is growing at the Wissahickon train station, just a bit in from Ridge Avenue, on the left side of the way to the platform.
Ganoderma is growing through the mulch under and around the sawtooth oak (Quercus acutissima) at the northwest corner of 19th and Arch.
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
The Parthenocissus quinquefolia growing along the Reading Viaduct is a vibrant red today.
Cryphonectria cf. gyrosa is growing on the root of a red oak (Quercus rubra) at the southeast corner of 22nd and Race.