Sunday, July 20, 2008

A pair of Green Frogs we rescued from the yard before a mowing.

Rescued a grand total of ten young toads and frogs (one American Frog, five Green Frogs, a Leapord Frog, and three Spring Peepers) from the lawn today, transplanting them to the pond before mowing. Went to Kinninatives yesterday, and was inspired by Wayne to turn one of our pond's feeder basins into a bog with some sedge and Skullcap. Also purchased some Glade Mallow and Purple Coneflower to feed the rabbit hordes that we've fenced out of the vegetable garden. Weather's been in the mid 80's with humidity pushing the heat index into the mid 90's. Torrential rain yesterday followed by periods of sun.

Butterfly weed in pond garden.

Summer flowers are really coming into bloom; Swamp Milkweed and Butterfly weed have been joined in the past week by Brown-eyed Susan and Purple Coneflower, and Wild Bergamot is spreading its first petals. Was surprised to hear the Loon's call several times this weekend. Thought they migrated further north by this point in the Summer.

Garden Report:

Wildlife Spotted:

  • American Toad
  • Baltimore Oriole
  • Black-capped Chickadee
  • Blue Jay
  • Chorus Frog
  • Cottontail Rabbit
  • Crow, Common
  • Goldfinch
  • Gray Catbird
  • Gray Squirrel
  • Green Frog
  • Hairy Woodpecker
  • Loon, Common
  • Mallard Duck
  • Mourning Dove
  • Northern Cardinal
  • Nuthatch
  • Pileated Woodpecker
  • Red Squirrel
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • Robin, American
  • Rose-breasted Grosbeak
  • Ruby-throated Hummingbird
  • Sandhill Crane
  • Tree Swallow
  • Virginia Opossum
  • Wood Frog

Wildflowers in Bloom:

  • Brown-eyed Susan
  • Butterfly weed
  • Early Meadowrue
  • Glade Mallow
  • Harebell
  • Leadplant
  • Purple Coneflower
  • Spiderwort
  • Swamp Milkweed
  • Wild Bergamot
  • Woodland Sunflower

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