Friday, May 01, 2009

Purple Pasque Flower

Rue Anemone

Rain and slightly cooler temps. The first Pasque Flower just popped up this week, and the first of the Rue Anemone are starting to unfurl their blossoms, and the leaves of the Rue Anemone are coming up in droves. Spring Peepers and Chorus Frogs quite loud lately. Have seen plenty of Sandhill Cranes and Redwinged Blackbirds, though the Bluebird houses are still empty. Would like to take a trip out to the Maplewood Nature Center perhaps early next week.

Pond Rework Stage 1

Have been reexcavating the pond lately. Got a few of the neighborhood kids involved in pulling off the dirt and tarps; have reexcavated the East basin to 3.5', have widened the stream, added plant shelves, and will be adding a bog section to the West basin. Would like to add some bullheads and other natives to the feeder goldfish this year; kids have even offered to donate crayfish and snails should they catch any.

Eventual plans include a third stream with waterfall and an underwater fishcam. A small de-icer and a solar-powered aerator should allow the fish to overwinter in some degree comfort. Did catch a few dragonfly nymphs and various other waterbugs; added them to the rain barrel for now; will be emptying that into the pond when it's done.

What's Blooming:
  • Purple Pasque Flower
  • Rue Anemone

Wildlife Spotted:

  • Black-capped Chickadee
  • Blue Jay
  • Chipmunk, Eastern
  • Chorus Frog
  • Cottontail Rabbit
  • Goldfinch
  • Grey Squirrel
  • Loon
  • Nuthatch
  • Pileated Woodpecker
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • Spring Peeper
  • Turkey Vulture

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