Sunday, August 31, 2008

Nodding Beggar's Tick on the Linwood Trail

Was working around the pond this morning when I saw a frog leap out of the water, nab a grasshopper sitting on a leaf near the pond's surface, and dive back down. Though it's warm these days, with temps in the 80's, it is feeling a lot more like Autumn.

Saw a Turkey Vulture picking at road kill on the Stacy side of Carlos Avery today. Thought it was a crow from a distance, until we came up close and noticed that it was larger than even a hawk.

Linwood Trail's majorly overgrown. They must only tend it during the school year. Saw quite a few frogs and toads, as well as grasshoppers, cicadas, and a Pileated Woodpecker. Rough Blazing Star was in bloom, as were Nodding Beggar's Tick. Sneezeweed was reduced to a yellow puffball, as it is at home.

Still a few Monarch Caterpillars and Butterflies in the garden.

Garden Report:

Wildlife Spotted:

  • American Toad
  • Black-capped Chickadee
  • Blue Jay
  • Chorus Frog
  • Cottontail Rabbit
  • Crow, Common
  • Goldfinch
  • Gray Catbird
  • Gray Squirrel
  • Green Frog
  • Hairy Woodpecker
  • Leopard Frog
  • Mourning Dove
  • Northern Cardinal
  • Nuthatch
  • Pileated Woodpecker
  • Red Squirrel
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker
  • Robin, American
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Virginia Opossum
  • Wood Frog

In Bloom:

  • Brown-eyed Susan
  • Butterfly weed
  • Elm-leafed Goldenrod
  • Harebell
  • Leadplant
  • Prairie Onion
  • Purple Coneflower
  • Sweet Joe Pye Weed
  • Turtlehead
  • Woodland Sunflower

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