Friday, October 13, 2017

Out and About: Frost Free So Far

We had a frost warning for our area this morning but luckily, dodged it. I still have tomatoes and peppers on the vine ripening and basil to pick. I covered the beds with sheets and was happy to see that nothing was zapped. Late season flowers have been magnets for bees and butterflies. The last sighting of a hummingbird was on October fifth. We may see eighty degrees on Sunday. I'll take it and hope my tomatoes and peppers keep cranking!
Pink Boar Heirloom Tomato Has a Nose!

Colorful Zinnias on Peck Avenue

Dried Mullein: Was used as torches by Native Americans

Mullein: Fuzzy leaves and yellow flowers

Gray Hairstreak Butterfly on Goldenrod

Monarch and Bee on Asters

Still Producing

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Out and About: Summer is Back for September

The past week has just been lovely weather. Female hummingbirds are still here and zipping through the garden. Monarch butterflies are floating around looking for nectar sources. Vegetable gardens continue to crank out tomatoes and fall flowers like asters, goldenrod, and sedums are now blooming. Enjoy!
Milkweed Tussock Moth Caterpillars

Golden Garden Spider: Amazing Web Design

Ladybug

Joe-Pye Weed

Rudbeckia Herbstonne

Heads Up!!!

HUGE

Changing

Goldenrod

Mum's the Word

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

Tadpoles!!!

Not Sure About This ???

Tadpoles and Red Eggs!?!?

Dragonfly

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