Snail

Snail

I saw my FOS Yellow Flax (Linum rigidum) blooming today!   Yellow Flax (Linum rigidum) is so lovely, but don’t look at it wrong or the petals will fall off LOL. The following photos are from the grasslands on April 6th. Isn’t the White Honeysuckle beautiful?  Four nerved Daisy (Tetraneuris scaposa) and a bee. The daisies…

Hexapods and one spider!

Hexapods and one spider!

Hexapoda proper noun – six-legged arthropods; a taxonomic group (subphylum or superclass) comprising the insects as well as three smaller groups of wingless arthropods: Collembola (Springtails), Protura, and Diplura (Two-pronged Bristletails). Hexapod noun – a member of the Hexapoda. (Source: BugGuide.net)  Common Oblique Syrphid (Allograpta obliqua) on a thistle. This is a type of a hoverfly….

Dance!

Dance!

Redroot or Jersey Tea (Ceanothus herbaceus) is almost ready to bloom in our back field. A favorite of the butterflies. I found this beetle upside down. I turned him right side up but… It was determined to flip back. So I left it. Seven-spotted Lady Beetle (Coccinella septempunctata). Six spots on the sides and one…

Found more!

Found more!

It was pretty good day for birds yesterday. On the grasslands outing, I had my FOS of White-eyed Vireo. I didn’t see it, but certainly heard it. Also heard the Blue-gray Gnatcatchers and Black and White Warblers! The best bird seen was the bobbing tailed waterthrush! Hard to tell whether it was Northern or Louisiana….

Nesting!

Nesting!

Tis the season for nesting. This is a Bewick’s wren nest that has been started. I can tell because it is made of small twigs in a nest box. First Bluebird egg in the nest box in the backyard. Notice the material the bluebird uses. This is a chickadee’s eggs and nest. She uses moss,…

Pussy toes

Pussy toes

More good stuff 🙂 Pussy toes (Antennaria parlinnii)!  Did you think it was going to be a kitty cat? 😉 This was a favorite plant that Shirley liked to show me in Cooke County. It was certainly easier to see there since it was on the roadside. Pussy Toes (Antennaria parlinnii) are in the Asteraceae…

A head banger…

A head banger…

I hear this banging coming from the dining room. What is Jim up to I wondered?  It was not Jim but our feathered friend looks to be back.  Grrrr. I hope he does not do it too much or we will be putting up the screens and outside shade. A cardinal attacked the windows for…

Braconid Wasps!

Braconid Wasps!

Do you remember I found these cocoons on the grasslands last week? I left half of them in the prairie. They were tiny and bright yellow! Well, they hatched! They opened each cocoon with this perfect round lid. Here’s what they looked like. There were about 2-3mm long not including legs or antenna. Amazing how…

Perfect day

Perfect day

 Perfect day to finish a book Claire loaned me.  The book is Remarkable Creatures: Epic Adventures in the Search for the Origins of Species by Sean B. Carroll. It was a great read on evolution and the scientists who help bring the amazing story to life. We managed to not walk in the rain today,…

Dr Gladys West

Dr Gladys West

Paula saw the first of season Scissortail Flycatcher! This was up in Norman, OK. They got spring before us LOL. But I believe I heard one on this afternoon walk, but could not see it. Yeah Paula! Yesterday, Kathy (down in Fredericksburg) had multiple flocks of Sandhill Cranes go over. I also saw my FOS…

Gosh it is windy!

Gosh it is windy!

 When the wind arrived, boy oh boy is it blowin! Our high gust was 35 mph at about 4pm. I think two rocks was appropriate to hold me to the ground 😉 This was just 10 minutes before a 32 mph gust. I think this guy or gal may be in the family of the Large…

Con’t fishing…

Con’t fishing…

This is a continuation of the hike to unit 31 from yesterday. This snag really stood out where the bark had fallen off. It was such a pretty brown and orange color. The shaggy brown is a part of the tree. Lots of neat rocks with moss. I found this moss interesting on how it…