Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Back into the 80's and humid again this Memorial Day; apparently summer hasn't had its last hurrah yet. Spent most of the day on lawn, garden, and pond maintenance, though I did get to set up a third pot-fountain, which I intend to power with a solar panel this month yet.

Have heard a lot of Sandhill Cranes in the meadows around the house. Saw a flock of Canadian Geese pass over the house yesterday, and the nights are strident with crickets and the call of the Great Horned Owl. Our Showy Goldenrod still isn't in full bloom, but it's amazing how long-lived the Swamp Milkweed has been.

Wildlife Spotted in Garden this Week:

  • American Toad
  • Black-capped Chickadee
  • Blue Jay
  • Cottontail Rabbit
  • Eastern Chipmunk
  • Goldfinch
  • Grackle
  • Green Frog
  • Grey Catbird
  • Grey Squirrel
  • Grey Tree Frog
  • Monarch Butterfly
  • Monarch Caterpillar
  • Mourning Dove
  • Northern Cardinal
  • Nuthatch
  • Pileated Woodpecker
  • Red-headed Woodpecker
  • Robin
  • Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Currently Blooming in Garden:

  • Black-eyed Susan
  • Daisy Fleabane
  • Elm-leafed Goldenrood
  • Ironweed
  • Purple Coneflower (pretty ragged at the moment)
  • Rough Blazing Star
  • Showy Goldenrod
  • Sneezeweed
  • Swamp Milkweed
  • Turtlehead
  • Woodland Sunflower

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