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

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Out and About: Spring Migration and More Wildflowers

On Monday, May first, I heard the Wood Thrush, Ovenbird, and saw and heard the Veery on the Zim Smith Trail, south of the village. Yesterday and today I have had the Chipping, White-throated, and White-crowned Sparrows all in my yard. The Baltimore Oriole, Rose-breasted Grosbeak and a female Pine Warbler, all gathered in the apple tree this morning. No hummingbird sighting yet but my feeders are up and filled. I have had the Rose-breasted Grosbeak come to my yard at the beginning of May for the last twenty years! The Baltimore Oriole came last year for the first time and enjoyed the orange slices I put out for it.
Chipping Sparrow

White-throated Sparrow

Baltimore Oriole

Female Pine Warbler

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

White-crowned Sparrow

Another of White-crowned Sparrow

Marsh Marigolds on Peck Ave. Stream

Under Construction in Multi-flora Rose Peck Ave. Stream

Red Trillium in Peck Ave. Woods

May Apple on Ames Ave.

May Apple Umbrellas

Monday, April 17, 2017

Out and About: Looking for Wildflowers

On April thirteenth I went in search of spring wildflowers. Take a look at what I found. The last photos are of a robin's nest. It fell from a spot where power lines connect to a house. It is so well constructed!
Pussy Willow on Andrews Avenue

Skunk Cabbage Peck Avenue Stream

Lots of Skunk Cabbage in Woods off of Zim Smith Trail

Trout Lily Leaves in Peck Avenue Woods

Bloodroot Along Zim Smith Trail

Coltsfoot on Washington Avenue

Coltsfoot Open and Sunny

Robin's Nest

A Closer Look

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Out and About: Ice-Out Take 2 and Signs of Spring

On the last day of March we had a mix of snow, sleet, freezing rain and rain for a twenty-four hour period. On April first the snow was melting and gone and ice left the lake for a second time this season. I guess it would be considered the second ice-out. Finally we are beginning to hear and see signs of spring. The peepers and wood frogs can be heard along the Zim-Smith trail. I unearthed a toad while clearing my garden. Spring flowers are in bloom, birds are singing and village residents are out and about enjoying sunshine and very warm temperatures. Eighty-seven degrees on April eleventh. Happy Spring Everyone!!!
Mr. Toad

Pollinators are Out and About

Pat and Rich's Crocus on Prospect Avenue

Go Away!!!


Snowdrops at the Rigney's on Cleveland Avenue

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Out and About: The Blizzard of 2017 STELLA

It has been two weeks since a blizzard, named Stella, dumped over twenty inches of snow down on us. The date was March fourteenth. The storm lasted about twenty-four hours and at times, was coming down at the rate of three to four inches an hour. The wind whipped the snow everywhere creating drifts and whiteout conditions. Everything was closed and we were told to stay off the roads because plows couldn't keep up with the storm. I managed to take a few pictures outside but it was warmer and much drier in the house. I had a record number of American Tree Sparrows on the ground, in my yard, trying to eat sunflower seeds before the seeds got buried. They and Dark-eyed Juncos resorted to eating seeds from garden plants which were above the snow drifts. It seemed that the same four starlings ate an entire suet cake while the storm raged. Temperatures were a low of nineteen and a high of twenty-four.
Today, March twenty-ninth, there are still patches of snow here and there, some mounds from plowing, and ice on the lake except for the shorelines and middle. There is snow in the forecast for Friday. However, I have a few snowdrops blooming in my garden. That gives me hope!
Children's Playground

The Storm Intensified

Hard to See the Playground

Spring in One Week?!?!

Looking out at the Lake from Ames Avenue

Six American Tree Sparrows and Two Dark-eyed Juncos