Saturday, August 08, 2009

Stormclouds in Stacy, MN

Storms yesterday and throughout the morning, overcast sky and the almost constant din of thunder followed by a bout of sunshine that have pushed the temperature into the humid 80's. Swamp milkweed, that solid symbol of summer, is taking to seed, while more typical autumn flowers like Goldenrod and Sweet Joe Pye Weed are starting to bloom. Turtlehead grown taller than in past years, and looks like it will pop within the next week or so.

Still no Monarch caterpillars, though I did catch a glimpse of a butterfly in the front garden this morning. Something building a nest in one of our oaks; looks to be a robin's nest, but won't know until I catch sight of the bird.

Wildlife Spotted:

  • Black-capped Chickadee
  • Blue Jay
  • Canadian Goose
  • Chipmunk, Eastern
  • Cottontail Rabbit
  • Goldfinch
  • Grey Squirrel
  • Nuthatch
  • Sandhill Crane
  • Squirrel, Grey
  • Turkey Vulture

Natives in Bloom:

  • Butterfly weed
  • Compass Plant
  • Harebell
  • Spiderwort
  • Swamp Milkweed
  • Sweet Joe Pye Weed
  • Wild Bergamot
  • Woodland Goldenrod

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