Saturday, June 27, 2009

wren chicks were in the nest 8 days & then they fledged

Mother wren built nest in a yard waste bag in the wheelbarrow. Nest was moved to bucket; bucket & nest returned to wheelbarrow. And there they grew up.

heron in tree

the things that actually would like to eat me

leech not letch

Thursday, June 25, 2009

freshwater sponge - a bryozoan

Formerly known as "the unidentified blob", possibly a former scifi movie starlet

Floating in an extremely clean lake or river near you.
Near me. Animals living in a colony, filtering water.

Curious for more information, visit this informative website

Thanks to Anne W. for mystery resolution,

sharp shinned hawk flew into my window

April 14, this guy flew towards my window, grabbed the frame, turned around & flew to this perch to regroup. He was surprised.

Monday, June 8, 2009

hummingbirds, sometimes they can just get along, even if it's just for a few beats of a wing

You'll see in the top photo there are five hummingbirds trying to settle in.

And there was the finch that joined the action.

Saturday, June 6, 2009


point of view

Monday morning, overcast. Numerous turtles, snapping & painted, boldly heading south across US Route 60. I think of New Kent as oriented directionally east-west, following Route 60 & Interstate 64. But clearly, there is another point of view: with wetlands above & the Chick below, there are those thinking north-south. It all depends on where you're going.

Picked up two small snapping turtles at two different points. One had been injured. Released them in swamp, where there may be dangers, but none barrelling along at 60mph. Arriving nervously withdrawn, within 10 minutes of resting on the damp ground they ambled off. No sign since.

beavers in the wide open


everyday the light is a new glory

prothonotary warbler sure likes the boat house

With a cypress swamp, we've got a nice contingent of comfy & curious prothonotary warblers. This guy definitely considers the boat house part of his territory. We found a built but little used nest in a hole in the molded seat.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Mr. Snake

turtle parade

sliders have begun the march up hill to lay eggs