These are some seriously big birds.
This is an old picture from our management report, but I couldn't resist posting it. Deer are able to wade or swim to the island from Blawnox, we guess.
After a dense colony of Japanese Knotweed, a few native plants manage to take root on the northern tip of the island.
Roosting in the afternoon sun.
Roosting in a tree, the location tagged is far from perfect.
Really wish I had brought my good camera, there were 10+ turkey vultures roosting above us all day. The fog was heavy, which did not help my cause either. They started roosting at northern end around 8am, but by noon they'd shifted to the southern end, we may have been responsible for this.
We weren't sure what this plant was at first, but are pretty sure it's a staghorn sumac. This might also be a new species on Sycamore Island and as of today's date, we've only seen one cluster of them growing. The location is again approximate, we will have to start bringing our GPS to the field every time.
Photo by Robert Habeggar.
Joel found this guy in the old swimming pool, the date is approximate!
Stalked him/her as closely as I could. It was going to work on a fallen tree.
Found these guys growing on a fallen tree. The location is approximate.
Found by Applied Ecological Sciences on the shoreline of Sycamore Island in May 2008
Saw the Muskrat swimming near a set of roots, no picture.
Glow-In-The-Dark Mushrooms. Biouminescence is a recessive gene in this species I've learned. All-the-same keep your eye out if your on Sycamore late at night. We'd love to see more pictures!
Lepiota species. We found this and Lepiota cristata on Saturday, the other species that I thought was a Lepiota was Agaricus placomyces. The gills turned pink when we got it home.
The invasive species has made its way onto a blighted property in my neighborhood. Now threatening to consume my garden. I just got a new camera, but the second picture attempted to illustrate the way that Knotweed spreads - the rhizome network has expanded beneath the concrete sidewalk, and the bamboo-like stalks are sprouting on either side.
Overlooking 6-Mile Island, a Colony holds the hillside.
Great Blue Herons have begun to nest on Sycamore Island on a dead silver maple.
We found this furry critter as we hiked back to our boat from the island's tip.
Large Heart-shaped leaves reminded us of Japanese Knotweed. Working on ID, Help Please!
Deadly Galerina NOT to be confused with Honey Mushrooms - Quite beautiful.
More of the Deadly Galerina. The Swimming pool area was fruitful.
Another interesting specimen, we stumbled upon during our hike from the northern tip of Sycamore Island. The location is approximate. The log jams and regular flooding of the northern tip of the island makes this portion of the island a pleasant habitat for fungi.