8-14 May 2000

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  • Although Multiflora Rose (Rosa multiflora) delights the eye with its pure white blossoms and tickles the nose with deep fragrance, this pernicious vine has escaped from cultivation and invades many native habitats. If Multiflora Rose establishes itself in pastures it causes serious problems for cattle when its sharp, curved thorns lacerate their udders. Human ankles are likewise no match for the thorny stems, and untold adults still bear the scars of a long-ago tussle with Multiflora Rose when they were barefoot boys or girls. One beneficial aspect of this invasive plant is that its dense cluster of vines provides a nearly impenetrable fortress for nesting songbirds; peer into the center of a free-standing bush of Multifora Rose and you'll often find the nest of a Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos).
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Northern Waterthrush
(warbler--not a thrush; note buffy eye-line)

Common Yellowthroat (male)
(occurs in all 48 contiguous states)

Black-throated Blue Warbler
(this female looks NOTHING like the male)

Red-eyed Vireo (second year)
(younger birds have brownish eyes)

Indigo Bunting (female)
(often a hint of blue on shoulder)

European Starling (female)
(only the 7th at Hilton Pond--thankfully!)

Common Grackle (male)
(11th most common bird banded locally)

Chestnut-sided Warbler (female)
(bright olive-yellow crown is unique)

Plus the following species not pictured (or pictured on other weekly pages):

Carolina Chickadee (nestlings)
Northern Cardinal
Gray Catbird
Swainson's Thrush
Gray-cheeked Thrush
Brown Thrasher

All photos © Hilton Pond Center

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