A check in my flower bed this morning revealed this beautiful Pansy blossom in bloom! Yesterday morning it had been rimmed with frost! I had bought cold resistant Pansy seeds in the spring and started them indoors as bedding plants sometime in March or April and then transplanted them as seedlings into my flower bed sometime in May; hoping that I might have some late fall blooms and I am rewarded for this project with this beautiful late Pansy blossom on this cold day of November 26th, 2015.
Thursday, November 26, 2015
Friday, November 06, 2015
Its that time of year again, late fall and Bird Alley is welcoming its usual fall visitors. Yesterday I got out my bird list journal and started recording the different species visiting. I only recorded 8 species yesterday and my numbers are down. I usually have about 9 species on a daily average at this time of year. Juncos are missing and I didn't see our treasured Cardinal. And although I saw a Red-breasted Nuthatch it has been a long time since a White-breasted Nuthatch has appeared. Surprisingly yesterday we had a male Red-winged Blackbird visiting, and our first very welcome bird visitor was a Red-breasted Nuthatch. Other bird species visiting were Bluejays, Chickadees, a Downy Woodpecker, one female Goldfinch, one Mourning Dove and several Crows.
I'm waiting for daylight and the arrival of the early birds in Bird Alley. I wonder what or who today will bring?
Happy Birding everyone. Have a great day!!
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Saturday, October 03, 2015
I haven't seen many caterpillars this past spring or summer so I was delighted yesterday to see this yellow fuzzy caterpillar near by my doorstep, however I am glad that I didn't pick it up! Apparently this American Dagger Moth Caterpillar has toxins in those black spikes rising out of its back, so beware and wary!! Don't touch!!! Look at the picture below and you can see its black spikes!
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Monday, September 28, 2015
Saturday, August 22, 2015
I had not seen any deer for a long time so I was pleasantly surprised to see one on the road in front of my car on Wednesday, but then it moved and crossed the road and disappeared onto the underbrush there. However looking for a second deer I spied one along the roadside to my right. It was so calm and so beautiful I was able to take a few pictures of it.
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Saturday, August 15, 2015
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Monday, August 03, 2015
I have had no luck this summer of seeing a Monarch butterfly or a Viceroy. all I seem to see everywhere are Great-spangled Fritillaries in abundance!
Here's a sad story. One day in July I was in a milkweed patch looking for butterflies and caterpillars. and then I heard a train coming. While hurrying too see the train and take pictures, I brushed against a few milkweed plants. Later that day ,while in my bedroom in my bare feet I stepped on something soft and squish, and I wondered what my cat may have left behind? I wiped it up with a tissue and saw to my incredulous surprise, it was a monarch butterfly caterpillar!!!!. It must have attached itself to my clothing while I was in the milkweed patch!That was my only glimpse of a monarch caterpillar this year! The caterpillar didn't survive my stepping on it! I haven't seen a monarch caterpillar since, and to think that one had been in my own bedroom even!!!
But this post is not about Monarchs, rather it is about the beautiful American Lady butterfly I found feeding on yellow cone flowers in my back yard garden yesterday! This was the first Lady species I have seen this summer. I think they are very attractive butterflies!
Posted by me ann my camera at 12:33 PM
Saturday, July 25, 2015
I have only seen one groat blue heron fairly close so far this summer. this heron had a lot of white on its head!... does the white indicate age? I have looked for this heron again but have failed to get another good view of it.
I am linking today to viewing nature with Eileen at Saturday Critters at: http://viewingnaturewitheileen.blogspot.ca/
Have a wonderful day everyone.
Posted by me ann my camera at 4:47 AM
Thursday, July 23, 2015
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Monday, June 22, 2015
It was around 10 p.m. one evening last week and my husband grabbed my camera which was nearby, and he took pictures out of our window in the evening darkness when he heard sounds outside in Bird Alley..
It has reached the bird feeder by standing on one of our pergola railings.
Posted by me ann my camera at 10:16 AM
Sunday, June 21, 2015
The 'clearwing' significance of its name is emphasized in these photos of a Clearwing Hummingbird Moth that was seen feeding on a yellow Devil's Paintbrush. The Transparency of the Moth's wings allowed the beautiful yellow of this wildflower to show through as you can see by the pictures included below.
Have a wonderful rainy, Father's Day everyone!
Posted by me ann my camera at 8:23 AM
Saturday, June 20, 2015
June is snapping turtle egg laying season in my community. Ever since having discovered a snapping turtle laying eggs in June 2001, we have become aware of this annual happening and every June we are on the lookout for this happening. Sometimes I find turtles like I did earlier this week when I was standing on an observation deck overlooking the river and I saw two snapping turtles in the water of a pond below. They looked like they were resting., perhaps they had already laid their eggs. When the turtles come out of the river they have a long steep climb up the river bank to find their nesting areas. They use the same area to dig the nest for their egg laying year after year!
Posted by me ann my camera at 6:04 AM