Thursday, August 17, 2017

Out and About in my Garden: Visitors and Inhabitants

Monarch Butterfly on Common Milkweed

Toad Living Under a Raised Bed

Bee on Wild Bergamot

Clear-wing Hummingbird Moth at Phlox

Blue-winged Wasp on Mountain Mint- it parasitizes Japanese Beetle Larvae, which is a good thing

Painted Lady Butterfly Visiting Zinnias

Black Swallowtail Butterfly

Carolina Wren just finished its " Tea Kettle" Song

Male Cardinal is Either Molting, has Head Mites, or its a Bad Feather Day!

Black-capped Chickadee finds an Insect to eat in the Apple Tree

Caught a Red-bellied Woodpecker Eating an Apple

Ruby-throated Hummingbird- Love those Little Feet!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Out and About: Kayaking with A Bald Eagle

I have gotten out to kayak several times this summer on Round Lake and each time, have had a Bald Eagle flying over my head! It has been ten years since I first saw eagles on the lake.It is still a thrill for me to watch them soaring, perched in a tree or sitting on the ice in winter. I have also seen a couple of Great Blue Herons on my paddles, heard the rattle call of a kingfisher, and watched dragonflies land on my boat. It is always a quiet, relaxing time especially on the outlet.
Dragonfly at Little Round Lake

Great Blue Heron Strikes a Pose on South Shore

Female Wood Duck

Bald Eagle Right Above Me

Eagle Nest

Water Lily

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Out and About: Take a Closer Look at the South Lawn Puddle Ponds

We have had a lot of rain this summer! Many days there is a forecast of scattered thunderstorms, or watches and warnings. The South Lawn puddle ponds have benefited from the downpours. They are teeming with tadpoles, frogs, dragon and damselflies, and all kinds of water bugs. Take a closer look.
Puddle Pond South Lawn


Not Sure About This ???

Tadpoles and Red Eggs!?!?


Black and White Dragonfly

Monday, June 26, 2017

Out and About Round Lake June 2017

John Shafts and Jack Castle told me of a sighting they both saw a couple of weeks ago. They were down on Herlihy Road and noticed a small hawk ( probably Cooper's Hawk) go after a young owl in a nest. The mother owl attacked the hawk and the owlet fell out of the nest. The mother was successful in scaring the hawk off. John and Jack placed the owlet in the woods in hopes the hawk would not find it and the mother would care for it. The good news is that even though the owlet was not quite flying, they can use their bills and claws to climb up a tree, hopefully to safety. I went down and did find the mother in a tree. It is a Barred Owl. Several other residents have spotted her perched in a tree beside the road. John got a close-up picture of her during the attack. Ask him to show you. I have heard the Common Yellowthroat warbler on the trail and in Griffin's Ridge. I finally got a photo of it. It is a male and looks like a masked bandit. It sings whichety-whichety-whichety. There are also many many turtle eggs and shells down in Griffin's Ridge by the water run-off area. Happy Summer to all!!!
Barred Owl

Common Yellowthroat Warbler

Turtle Shells

Turtle Eggs

Poppies at Griffin's Ridge

Damselfly: Beautiful Color

Mallard Pair on South Lawn

Catalpa Tree in Blossom East Covel Avenue

Catalpa Blossoms on McDonough's Lawn

Monday, June 5, 2017

Out and About: Flowers, Monarchs, Turtles and Hummers

I have been trying to make time between planting my vegetable garden, to get out to see what's around. Every time I do, I come upon something interesting. Take a look!
Monarch Butterfly Egg on Milkweed

Wild Phlox at Griffin's Ridge

Soloman's Seal- Enjoyed by Hummingbirds

Tree Art on Cleveland Avenue

Baby Snapping Turtle on South Lawn

Mama Snapper at Griffin's Ridge


Mellow Yellow Ames Avenue

Hail from a Recent Rain Storm

Female Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Out and About: Birds, Wildflowers and a Caged Squirrel

It's my favorite time of year! So much to see around our village, along the Zim-Smith Trail and in the woods. I came upon a red squirrel dining happily inside Steve and Alysse's feeder on Andrews Avenue. When I walked back past it had squeezed out and was probably in the woods hanging out by the shagbark hickory, a favorite haunt, near Griffin's Ridge. The Wood Thrushes are singing away by South Lawn. A Veery, which is a forest thrush, came out of the woods and actually stayed still so I could get photos. I have heard the Baltimore Orioles on the trail but they tend to be way up in the canopy and so are difficult to see. You will probably hear the Ovenbird too. Its call sounds like " Teacher, teacher, teacher, teacher, teach." I had a first sighting of a male Ruby-throated Hummingbird on May Ninth. It came to a sugar water feeder on my porch. The next day I saw one come to the feeder and at the same time, in the same glance, saw a Bald Eagle flying. Amazing! The smallest and largest birds in our area seen in one look. Enjoy the Spring!
Red Squirrel Dines Privately

Veery along trail and edge of Peck Avenue Woods

Gray Catbird Foraging for Insects along Trail

Trout Lily

Trout Lilies and Their Speckled Leaves

Jacks-in-the Pulpit Peck Ave Woods along trail edges

Patch of Yellow Violets on trail just south of Griffin's Ridge

A Closer Look at a Columbine which attracts Hummers