… in spite of some forecasts for snow next week. Meanwhile the noonday sun keeps rising [until “sun – stop” (sol – stice)].
The Sandhill Cranes were seen scampering on the road across from my place. Very skittish. I was lucky to get this pic:
This doe was also very skittish and quickly bounded into cover, where she paused for a moment before disappearing into the bush at Grundy Lake….
A very nice specimen of Early Saxifrage…
The Bear Berries are quickly changing (chlorophyll) colour (to green from purplish/rust) with each passing day….
These Red Maple buds are well advanced, being in front of a south-facing rock reflector….
This Yarrow is in the same situation, in a rock cut on the north side of Hwy 522….
So is this blackberry bud …
This year I will follow the progress of moss spore capsules …
A pair of Killdeers were pouncing on bugs in Dave and Irene’s field in late afternoon.
Almost a “broken wing” display, but not quite….
Very interesting Burr Oak seen on Hwy 522. We are close to the northern limit for Burr Oak —- often called “mossycup oak” because of the large cup at the stem of its acorn or “mossycop white oak” because of the rounded tips and valleys of its leaves, a la white oak…..
I often try to sneak up on this little stream on Old Still River Road as the log is a common spot for painted turtles to sun. Also a pair of wood ducks and a lone Great Blue Heron often frequent the stream. This spring one of the dead elms similar to the ones in the distance was severely “visited” by a Pileated Woodpecker so we’ll be on the lookout for it also.
This morning I came across this wonderful resource: http://users.vianet.ca/turbrent/nipnat/Links/Field_Naturalists_Clubs.html
and mined down into it to see this type of report:
I will scan those reports for early warning of the arrival of migrants.
I neglected to add this pic of a pair of Ring Necked Ducks to yesterday’s posting:
These remind me of ring billed GULLS … but also have a light ring around their neck … hence ring necked DUCKS!