THE BOTANICAL JOURNAL OF G. W. CLINTON
THE BOTANICAL JOURNAL OF G. W. CLINTON – March 1863
[The main entries for 1863 are preceded with a piece of paper in Clinton's handwriting pasted into the journal left margin with the following information: they are intended as addenda to the main entries.]
Went to Portage, May 28 (p.14) & found Thalictrum anemonoides & Azalea nudiflora. Must go about May 1.
May 1. Day brought back Viola selkirkii & V. rotundifolia from Forestville.
May 21. He got Viola striata from Silver Creek.
May 23. Ribes rubrum & Rhamnus alnifolius. Remember Pyrus coronarius & malus on Grand Island. See April 29 ‑ p. 68.
June 5. The Morus rubra in full flower.
June 10. Cerastium nutans in seed. The Prunus Americana with metamorphosed fruit.
April. 29. Goat Island, Dicentra cucullaria.
May 17. Goat Island, Viola sagittata.
May 27. Fedia fagopyrum.
June 5. Alyssum at Brock's Monument.
June 24. Hydrophyllum Canadense. [There are no notes for June 24 in 1863].
 March 31. This is our first springlike day this Spring. The winter has been extraordinarily mild, & we might naturally expect it to be protracted. After dinner, I walked to the Dam, across to Squaw Island, up it & the pier to the Ferry, and thence home by Niagara St., &c., the way I came. The air was chilly, & yet, when quiet & in sunshine, balmy warmish. The wild pigeons were flying, have been flying for a week past, east. A few robins have been here perhaps a fortnight. I noticed two small flocks of what I supposed to be blackbirds. On the edge of the marsh on Squaw Island saw 2 or 3 sparrows, not the chipping‑bird I think. In a pool, in the thawed edge of it, saw small fishes, probably sticklebacks. The bay is full of field ice, the river is clear.
About 5 P.M. it became clouded & a few snow flakes fell. Snowed in the night 1‑2 inches & April 1 comes in cold and threatening.