Yesterday (Tuesday), we had a cold start to the day plus it was windy unlike the day before. The forecast was for a high of 62, but on the walk to the mail box at 11 am, it felt like, well cold. I had planned to go to the grasslands in the afternoon. Did I still want to go?
It was 29 degrees on the morning walk. Of course ice formed at our obelisk. Love these shapes!
I told Gracie, let’s go to the grasslands despite wind. So down the road we went.
The flock of 10 to 12 turkeys was a nice surprise!
Gracie was happy to accompany me on this outing! Still have until January 16th for the hunting season to be over so we worn our orange.
Pocket gopher ( Geomys) or Eastern mole ( Scalopus aquaticus) mounds? I always thought these were pocket gophers. In fact, I saw a gopher but only once at the our house near our old hand-dug well. However, after reading online about the mounds, is it possible these could be mole mounds? Pocket gophers are herbivores which feed on the roots of Paspalum grass, Bermuda grass and sandbur. In addition they will consume all parts of the plant in the Helianthus genus (sunflowers). On the other hand, moles are carnivorous and feed on insects like grubs and worms. So how do you tell the difference between the two mounts? What I found follows. Moles dig tunnels that only go a couple a feet deep and sometimes you will see evidence of a surface tunnel. The moles’ mounds are roundish and conical, fluffy with the occasional clod on top the mound. Pocket gopher’s mounds are usually crescent shaped with a plug between the crescent. I do recall the mounds near our well usually have a hole (if visible) to one side of the mound. In fact near the old well is where I got to see my one pocket gopher! Tell me if you have noticed differences. Most of the websites about the gophers and moles I visited were pest control companies sites. Seems to me they do a service for us by aerating the soils. But that’s just me. Like they say, one person’s pest(junk) is another person’s treasure. Oh and I think the above mounds are gophers. I will be looking at all of the mounds just a little closer in the future. 🙂
The Eastern Red Cedar berries were brilliant!
A close up of the berry attachment.
It won’t be long before the pollination starts!
The bagworm always make me think of an ornament! With more photos to process, I will continue on with Gracie’s great day out in tomorrow’s post.
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