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Honey Bee Apis mellifera

Observer

denniswross

Date

April 20, 2014

Place

Woods Gap (Google, OSM)

Description

A wild colony of honey bees lives inside a chimney of an old house. They have just started to become active again this spring

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American Bullfrog Lithobates catesbeianus

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denniswross

Date

April 20, 2014

Place

Woods Gap (Google, OSM)

Description

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.

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Redbreast sunfish Lepomis auritus

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Date

April 20, 2014

Place

Woods Gap (Google, OSM)

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Largemouth Bass Micropterus salmoides

Observer

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Date

April 20, 2014

Place

Woods Gap (Google, OSM)

Description

Released

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Eastern Newt Notophthalmus viridescens

Observer

denniswross

Date

April 20, 2014

Place

Woods Gap (Google, OSM)

Description

Very numerous in the pond.

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Southern Dusky Salamander Desmognathus auriculatus

Observer

denniswross

Date

April 20, 2014

Place

Woods Gap (Google, OSM)

Description

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.

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Canada goose Branta canadensis

Observer

denniswross

Date

April 20, 2014

Place

Woods Gap (Google, OSM)

Description

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.

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Big Brown Bat Eptesicus fuscus

Observer

denniswross

Date

April 20, 2014

Place

Woods Gap (Google, OSM)

Description

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

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Dutchman's Breeches Dicentra cucullaria

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denniswross

Date

April 11, 2014

Place

Floyd, VA (Google, OSM)

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Cutleaf Toothwort Cardamine concatenata

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Date

April 10, 2014

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Date

April 10, 2014

Description

pollinating

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Date

April 2, 2014

Place

781 Arbor Rd winston salem nc (Google, OSM)

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Date

April 5, 2014

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Forsythia Forsythia intermedia

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Date

April 5, 2014

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Lesser Periwinkle Vinca minor

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Date

April 5, 2014

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Saxifraga virginiensis Micranthes virginiensis

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Date

April 5, 2014

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Carolina spring-beauty Claytonia caroliniana

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Date

April 5, 2014

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Date

April 5, 2014

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Raccoon Procyon lotor

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denniswross

Date

April 5, 2014

Description

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.

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daffodils Genus Narcissus

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denniswross

Date

April 5, 2014

Description

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.

Mammals

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Mammals Class Mammalia

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denniswross

Date

March 29, 2014

Description

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

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Millipedes Class Diplopoda

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Date

March 29, 2014

Description

Under log bark, spring has not yet come to these mountains. Snow showers today.

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Highland Dog-hobble Leucothoe fontanesiana

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Date

March 29, 2014

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Eastern Hemlock Tsuga canadensis

Observer

denniswross

Date

March 29, 2014

Description

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.

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Red Tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis

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denniswross

Date

March 23, 2014

Description

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

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Beetles Order Coleoptera

Observer

denniswross

Date

March 20, 2014

Place

Woods Gap (Google, OSM)

Description

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

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wooly worm Pyrrharctia isabella

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denniswross

Date

March 20, 2014

Place

Woods Gap (Google, OSM)

Description

Gently prying apart a decaying log, I found a number of insects on this warming spring day

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Anna's Hummingbird Calypte anna

Observer

denniswross

Date

March 13, 2014 08:17 AM PDT

Description

Two birds in nest, now doubled from birth size. Mom in nest only at night

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golden dewdrops Duranta erecta

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Date

March 13, 2014 09:39 AM PDT

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Cactus

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Date

March 13, 2014 09:39 AM PDT

Description

Grafted. One species, red, on top another

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