A wild colony of honey bees lives inside a chimney of an old house. They have just started to become active again this spring
American Bullfrog is common in the pond. I think these are the eggs, bury very unsure. I saw at least 5 clumps from 6 to 12 cm in diameter. Each egg is about 1 mm.
Very numerous in the pond.
I was showing my grad daughters what lives under rocks near the stream. I am not certain about the ID, but these are common along with several other species.
A mating pair of Canada Geese are on the pond. This is the female, on a clutch of 4 eggs laid on the ground. As I approached the male swam across the pond, I think trying to distract me. The female flattened out is an defensive posture. I backed away, and they got comfortable again. The nest is at risk for all kinds of predators: dogs, raccoons, foxes and coyotes. I wish them luck.
Bats (Myotis lucifugus) roast in the eaves outside my house every summer. Usually a small number, around 7 to 10 can be seen returning each morning. They are just starting to return from their winter quarters. This animal was found dead between the door and door sill to the porch. Examination suggests that it died of trauma, probably crushed in the door. I suspect that it fell out of the roast and then tried to crawl into this small space. No sign of white nose disease. I will send the corpse to a friend who is a bat biologist for the state of VA
This fellow was likely returning from a night's hunting when I saw him about 9 am on the trail ahead of me. I followed him for a while, until the animal turned uphill, probably to a den.
Rock Castle Gorge off the Blue Ridge Parkway, once had a few farms in the mid 1800's . This double flowered daffodil is near some old stone foundation material. It has persisted.
This scat continues fur and a fragment of bone, the tibial plateau (knee joint) of a medium sized mammal (skunk, fox, or raccoon). I think it is coyote, but I am not good at scat ID
Under log bark, spring has not yet come to these mountains. Snow showers today.
I have visited this place often over the last 20 years. The death of these hemlocks at about 3500' is nearly complete. They die from the top down, loosing branches. The dead trunks remain upright for many years. The river, this far up stream is less shaded and the ecosystem is changed.
This hawk has spent much of the winter in this tree. I photographed the bird this morning just as dawn was breaking. The bird flew off to hunt (Squirrels and Koi) just after this photo. I have not seen another bird paired, or any nesting activity
I found a number of these larval forms in the wood of a decaying log. I have put a few in a terrarium and will hope to ID the adult form
Gently prying apart a decaying log, I found a number of insects on this warming spring day
Two birds in nest, now doubled from birth size. Mom in nest only at night