Monday, April 28, 2014

Oatka Creek Park • April 28

Sharp-lobed Hepatica. The hepatica leaves are now coming out. Note that they end in sharp points. This separates this species from the other hepatica species in our area: Round-lobed Hepatica.

Sharp-lobed Hepatica

Sharp-lobed Hepatica. Note that these leaves are liver colored. Due to the so-called "doctrine of signatures" (i.e., "like heals like"), it was believed by ancient herbalists that this plant could be used to cure liver ailments. This is the reason for another common name for this plant: Liverwort.

Common Gartersnake. I could not time my shutter button pressing for when the snake had its bright red tongue flicking out! 

Large-flower Trillium. These will be opening any day now!

Virginia Bluebells

Virginia Bluebells

Cooper's Hawk

Eastern Towhee

Eastern Towhee

Eastern Towhee

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Reinstein Woods • April 27

Ring-necked Duck

Ring-necked Duck

Ring-necked Duck

Swamp Sparrow

Great Horned Owl

Great Horned Owl

Great Horned Owl Nest. The top of an owlet is visible on the right side of the nest.

Great Horned Owl

Spring Beauty

Great Horned Owl

Great Horned Owl

Blue-winged Teal

Blue-winged Teal

Palm Warbler

Palm Warbler

Palm Warbler

Friday, April 25, 2014

Oatka Creek Park • April 25

Tree Swallow

Sharp-lobed Hepatica

Virginia Bluebells

Virginia Bluebells

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Purple Deadnettle

Eastern Towhee

Eastern Towhee

Eastern Chipmunk

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Oatka Creek Park • April 24

Kidney-leaved Violet

Kidney-leaved Violet

Kidney-leaved Violet

Hermit Thrush

Hermit Thrush

Tree Swallow

Eastern Bluebird

Common Blue Violet

Kidney-leaved Violet

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Oatka Creek Park • April 23

Ruby-crowned Kinglet. There are *lots* of these birds moving through the park right now!

Kidney-leaved Violet. You can see one of the round, kidney-shaped leaves left of center.

Kidney-leaved Violets. This is a very sturdy flower that blooms even when the temperature is so cold that all the other flowers in the area are closed up. It was 38F today.

Red-winged Blackbird. The females are now starting to arrive in the park. And the males are swarming all around them. While pair bonding can be a secretive and subtle thing with most song bird species, with Red-winged Blackbirds it is bold, obvious, and out in the open for all to see!

Red-winged Blackbird