First Time

What a pretty day eh! Unfortunately I had chores and appointments so no morning outdoor time. However I did manage to squeeze in an afternoon walk. And goodness was it nice out. Hopefully y’all got a little nature time today as well.

Fly on red oak leaf.
The volunteer Snailseed (Cocculus carolinus) really did well in our yard. It only came to live with us a few years ago.
The seeds inside were glowing in the afternoon sun!
The water striders (Gerrinae) were not cooperative. Interestingly BugGuide says Semiaquatic Bugs (Gerromorpha) are slow walkers. However I have always found them pretty fast. LOL. Follow this link for 7 Cool Facts About Water Striders.

It was warm today, 73F. So anticipating the cold weather I filled my feeders!

With our wildlife camera back in working order we were so delighted with these first time visitors!

Invasive palms and WWII damaged an island paradise. Could fungi help to restore it?

Kew Gardens names mysterious plants and fungi new to science

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Keep looking!

The more you know, the more you see and the more you see, the more you know


  1. I wish snailseed would volunteer here. I hope your visitors come back again and again and maybe next spring bring babies. I too filled my feeders but don’t have many birds this year☹️

  2. Judy, you are welcome to come dig all the snailseed you want from my yard. It’s officially been granted weed status here.

    Mary, that’s interesting about wildlife eating Solanum. Everything I’ve read says the fruits of silverleaf nightshade and western horse nettle are toxic and that’s why they aren’t eaten all winter. What is your source or sources? I need to update my knowledge bank.

      1. OK, thank you, Mary. I didn’t click on that link originally because I thought each one was individual and led to information about that species.

          1. It takes a lot of energy for a plant to produce big showy fruits so I generally assume if it’s that visible, something has eaten it at some point in its evolutionary history.

  3. So wonderful about the foxes – they are so beautiful!
    Wildlife eat poison ivy berries too – so am thinking their physiology makes lots of dietary options open for them.

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