Saturday, April 30, 2011
Bluebells are getting rarer as wetlands and flood plains are dried up, filled in, and bulldozed.
But in the flood plain of Coffee Creek they are putting on quite the show this spring.
Friday, April 29, 2011
Thursday, April 28, 2011
So just think about that as you spot the flowers next to streams and in loamy areas. This one and many more were found in Potato Creek State Park but hurry they won't last long...
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
One tiny flower that makes up for smallness in its abundance is the Spring Beauty. It must be examined closely for the full effect of its beauty. Notice those pink anthers?
This wildflower grows from tubers, much like potatoes and was eaten by Native Americans. The taste is said to be like chestnuts; but, sadly, who really knows what chestnuts taste like these days?
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Monday, April 25, 2011
Saturday, April 23, 2011
Friday, April 22, 2011
Thursday, April 21, 2011
They are ever so cute and being cared for by a young 4H'er. The goats are just the beginning of exciting changes being made to the park.
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
This robin was hanging out at Coffee Creek with a bit of dirt on his beak. Whether the occurrence of dirt was due to worm grubbing or nest building I can't say.
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Monday, April 18, 2011
Last week the joyous chatter of the Tree Swallows returned again to the marsh. They fly, swoop and chatter as they grab an early flying insect and choose a nesting box to raise a family. They will be here until they migrate south again in late August, early September.
Welcome back guys...so glad to see you...
Saturday, April 16, 2011
Friday, April 15, 2011
Halfway through April, tiny umbrellas pop through the leaf litter covering the forest floor. These are Mayapples. They pop up like a folded umbrella and, as the sun warms them, they unfold their leaves like miniature umbrellas.
After the leaves unfold, all other wildflowers that may have thought of co-existing with the Mayapples will have to think again. The Mayapples will shade the ground with their leaves. Anything that does escape the shade created by the Mayapples will be forced to be taller than the ever expanding April umbrellas.
Thursday, April 14, 2011
I believe they are Anemone's, although the identifying the specific species is difficult.
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Before the trees get their leaves, the understory of the forest goes into bloom. Each morning is more green. Each morning a new flower begins to show its face.
In recent days the delicate pink of Cutleaf Toothwort has begun to bloom in the damp areas along the creek.
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
He remained there for days, standing in silent tribute. True love.
The nesting boxes in the Marsh are full of quiet incubation. Females sit low as the time for hatching nears.
Canadian Geese are considered nuisances in some areas of the U.S. I remember when there weren't many. I like to think of them as brown swans; they're just the brown versions from the same family.
I can't wait for the babies to be born.
Monday, April 11, 2011
Saturday, April 9, 2011
Nests are sometimes built a couple of feet off the ground attached to the grasses and sedges of wetlands. This guy was hunting up some nesting material the day I spotted him at Coffee Creek.
Friday, April 8, 2011
There is a male and female Teal and a male and female Northern Shoveler (longer beaks) consorting on the pond; a perfect place to nest with abundant crustaceans to eat.
Amazingly these guys don't do what ducks do best; duck out when humans walk by.
Think they'll stay?
Thursday, April 7, 2011
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Monday, April 4, 2011
Let's have a peaceful week.