No more drips today

No more drips today

 It was a bit nippy today and the rain has stopped.  We got almost 3/4 inch of much needed rain over the last several days at our house. The rain really brings out the colors of the lichens on this Bois D’arc (Maclura pomifera). Beautiful fungus at the base of a Post Oak (Quercus stellata)….

Drips!

Drips!

On  October 27, 2017 we had sleet (at least at my house). Glad it is not a repeat performance today. Thirty-three degrees is the lowest we have had today. That is cold enough for me. Sure makes Gracie frisky. Drips on honeysuckle vine. Drips on Frostweed (Verbesina virginica). Drips on the grasshopper (might be Chortophaga…

Birdy

Birdy

 It was a birdy day. Saw some very nice birds! Some of my “first of season” birds were dark-eyed junco, white-crowned sparrows, and red-shafted northern flickers. Also saw chipping sparrows, vesper sparrows, cardinals, blue jays, red-tailed hawks, mourning doves, meadowlarks,black vultures and turkey vultures. Got a great look at the Red-shouldered Hawk. Meadowlark Multiple Loggerhead…

On the fence

On the fence

 Are you on the fence? I’m not and I have voted BUT this is not about that. The following is about stuff on the fence, my barbwire fence! The Loggerhead Shrike was quite busy storing its cache on the fence. This beetle was still twitching so it was very fresh. Maybe the Loggerhead Shrike’s poop?…

Did you guess…

Did you guess…

 Armadillo? That is what it was. It had died about a month ago. Gracie did try to gnaw on it then. It was not stinky enough to roll in at that time. But she decided to bring the tail over to the path yesterday. Only thing left of it now is the tail and the…

Make your guess

Make your guess

Can you guess what this came from? I will give another hint at the bottom of the post. Someone had a meal last night. Imagine someone having a cup of coffee and conversations around the table? We often find pottery and glass shards on our place where there was once an old homestead.  The unmistakable…

More

More

 Yesterday’s finds were great. The orchids were the highlight of the day’s adventure, but certainly not all. The following are some of the other highlights. It just blows me away that the remains of these creatures lived some 145-100 millions years ago and that most all of our area was under the sea. Mussels and…

Great day in the field

Great day in the field

 It was cloudy start on the grasslands this morning. The prairie was looking good!  Our first exciting find of the day was the Nodding Ladies-tresses (Spiranthes cernua). Closeup.  This species of orchid a lot times is self-pollinating  (another word for it is androgyny) and the flower never opens. Update: Oct 25, 2020  I have since learned…

Easy shots

Easy shots

This cool and cloudy day meant the insects were not moving much so easy shots.  American Bumble Bee (Bombus pensylvanicus) was right where I left it when I returned four hours later. And again it was still on the gayfeather at 3pm. Harvestman (Leiobunum vittatum) was cooperative as well.  Pearl Crescent (Phycoides tharos) Common Meadow…

Blue-faced Meadowhawk

Blue-faced Meadowhawk

The Blue-faced Meadowhawk (Sympetrum ambiguum) is a colorful fellow. The male sports the blue eyes and the red with black rings on the abdomen. The female has brown over gray eyes and the abdomen is tan with blackish incomplete rings mostly. A delightful find!    This Crab Spider (Thomisidae) waiting for a meal on Eryngo (Eryngium…

Where’s the lizard?

Where’s the lizard?

This Texas Spiny Lizard decided it was warm enough this afternoon to be out and about. Closeup Five-banded Thynnid wasp (Myzinum quinquecinctum) on the Fall Aster (Symphyotrichum ericoides) Cardinal feather weirdly stuck on the tree in this upright position.   Mint-loving Pyrausta  (Pyrausta acrionalis) Found this little guy (1cm or 3/8in.) hiding by my backdoor…