Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Sunday, March 22, 2009
I love this site for information, including a web cam, on Barred Owls. It's a bit "old school" but has wonderful pix inside the nest box and great sound .wav files. Enjoy!
I was able to snap a few shots of our Blue Bird family workin' hard this morning. They are so mezmorizing- I find myself watching them and suddenly an hour has gone by!
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
A couple nice stands of Yellow Harlequin (Corydalis flavula) were a pleasant surprise; as was the finding that our patch of Virginia Bluebells (Mertensia virginica) has survived the hounds, and actually spread substantially - Yea! For some reason, our Spring Beauty (Claytonia virginica) is never as pink as it is "supposed" to be.
This early we always have very numerous Toadshade (Trillium sessile) one of the lesser appreciated Trillium, but since we have so many, we really like 'em. Our Cut-leaved Toothwort (Dentaria laciniata), seems to be more blue or pink than the true white that you find in the guides. By and large, though, our favorite of our true wildflowers is the Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis). The large expanse carpeted by these delicate little flowers, is a joy to behold.
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Yesterday the finches did not care that the weather was pretty foul ~~ LOL! They were out there letting us know that it was going to rain all day. (When birds eat consistantly through the rain, that lets us know the rain will last on and on. If it is raining, and there are no birds eating, they are predicting that the rain will let up later on, with enough day light hours to fill their bellies for night.) I was happy and surprised by how quickly some of the Goldfinch were molting into their breeding plumage. Here in middle Tennessee, we have the American Goldfinch all year long - just wearing different plumage in different seasons.
Today we will be continuing on to the Nashville store for the Bluebird Seminar. Hopefully, this one will go as well as yesterday's two.
Friday, March 13, 2009
Kent and I are trying to get ready for our very first Free Seminars that will be hosted by the Wild Birds Unlimited stores. He and I will be running from store to store in order to make the circuit Saturday and Sunday. I did not think to have people RSVP, so we have no idea how many people are likely to show up - that should be interesting. I do wish that the weather were going to cooperate with us, but... am not holding my breath. The Goodlettsville store already has a completed nest, with the Bluebirds feasting on the mealworms and No Mess Blend. I will hold out hope that the Bluebirds will make an appearance tomorrow.
Yes, it is the dawining of a new day for us... Just jumping into this abyss of the internet blogosphere. Hopefully, we will be able to enjoy some time with others that share our love of the natural world around us. I do not have the intention of becoming philosophical, but rather just getting to it. We shall see where this blog will lead. With your help, we will have some fun here.