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frogs and Toads Order Anura

Observer

denniswross

Date

July 22, 2014

Place

Woods Gap (Google, OSM)

Description

Many of these around in the woods towards the end of summer

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Snails and Slugs Class Gastropoda

Observer

denniswross

Date

July 21, 2014

Place

Woods Gap (Google, OSM)

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caterpillars Phacelia congesta

Observer

denniswross

Date

July 21, 2014

Place

Woods Gap (Google, OSM)

Description

Found on a mocker nut hickory

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moss Phylum Bryophyta

Observer

denniswross

Date

July 19, 2014

Place

Woods Gap (Google, OSM)

Description

I am not yet at the point where I can ID mosses, something I will enjoy learning. The spore forming bodies on this should help.

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denniswross

Date

July 21, 2014

Place

Woods Gap (Google, OSM)

Description

Considered an invasive, but I love the berries better than native raspberry.

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denniswross

Date

July 21, 2014

Place

Woods Gap (Google, OSM)

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denniswross

Date

July 21, 2014

Place

Woods Gap (Google, OSM)

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denniswross

Date

July 9, 2014

Place

Woods Gap (Google, OSM)

Description

The meadow is at peak bloom and growth. I am trying to ID some of the many grasses. A retired Virginia Tech biologist has assisted me.

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jcentavo

Date

July 6, 2014

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What

Butterfly Milkweed Asclepias tuberosa

Observer

jcentavo

Date

July 4, 2014

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Opossum Didelphis virginiana

Observer

denniswross

Date

July 5, 2014

Place

Woods Gap (Google, OSM)

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Black Vulture Coragyps atratus

Observer

denniswross

Date

July 6, 2014

Place

Woods Gap (Google, OSM)

Description

I have been observing a black vulture nest for the past two months. The two chicks hatched on about 2 May, and fledged on 6 July. I now see them on top of the abandoned house were the nest was. Note; a fox and a possum were caught on camera in the building with the chicks two days before fledging, but did not appear to disturb the now adult sized birds.

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Zorras Genus Vulpes

Observer

denniswross

Date

July 4, 2014

Place

woods Gap (Google, OSM)

Description

This fox visited the abandoned house that has been the site of a black vulture nest for the past two months. The 'chicks' at full size were present. They fledged two days later.

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Frogs and Toads Order Anura

Observer

denniswross

Date

June 20, 2014

Place

Woods Gap (Google, OSM)

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mollusk

Observer

denniswross

Date

June 21, 2014

Place

Woods Gap (Google, OSM)

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galax Galax urceolata

Observer

denniswross

Date

June 18, 2014

Place

Woods Gap (Google, OSM)

Description

Galax is common in SW Virginia, but rather rare right here. I have found only a few plants in one area. This one in bloom makes the search easier.

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Grasshoppers, Crickets, and Locusts Order Orthoptera

Observer

denniswross

Date

June 7, 2014

Place

Woods Gap (Google, OSM)

Description

Crickets seem to be out earlier this year.

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lone star tick Amblyomma americanum

Observer

denniswross

Date

June 7, 2014

Place

Woods Gap (Google, OSM)

Description

This tick was crawling on my dog, first time I have seen this species here. This has been a tick heavy summer so far.

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Black Vulture Coragyps atratus

Observer

denniswross

Date

May 23, 2014

Place

Woods Gap (Google, OSM)

Description

This is an update on the growing black vulture chicks, they are about the size of chickens now. When disturbed, they make a most unusual sound, like Darth Vader breathing. Coming from an abandoned house deep in the forest, it is truly eerie. Does it scare away predators, or alert the parents?

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Mayapple Podophyllum peltatum

Observer

denniswross

Date

May 4, 2014

Description

Mayapple is common near here, but at Woods Gap, I have found only one small clump, all male plants. They are probably a 'clone'

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Canada Goose Branta canadensis

Observer

denniswross

Date

May 5, 2014

Place

Woods Gap (Google, OSM)

Description

We have seen Canada geese in the area since around 3 April. We first noted a nest around 20 April. The 4 eggs in the nest hatched over an 18 hr period beginning on 4 May. The 4 eggs produced 5 goslings. From the spy cam, it looks like the second egg to hatch was the one that produced twins.

On the 2 day of life, the geese took a walk to a second nearby pond (about 200 meters) spent an hour there and then returned to the area of the nest.

I will keep watching their development

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Black Vulture Coragyps atratus

Observer

denniswross

Date

May 3, 2014

Place

Woods Gap (Google, OSM)

Description

I posted a picture I took of two black vulture chicks. I saw two adult birds fly away from the old house which holds the nest. I put a spy cam on the nest and caught this photo of one of them returning.

My personal choice is not to post an observation based on remote sensing, unless I also saw the animal, as I did in this case, although I was not present when the picture was taken.

I am making a 'collection' of observing active bird nests this spring, a fun 'scavenger hunt' for an amateur naturalist.

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showy orchis Galearis spectabilis

Observer

denniswross

Date

May 1, 2014

Description

Need help with the id

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denniswross

Date

May 1, 2014

Description

beautiful group of them blooming along the creek

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Black Vulture Coragyps atratus

Observer

denniswross

Date

May 2, 2014

Place

Woods Gap (Google, OSM)

Description

A long abandoned house has been home to much wildlife. Checking it out this year, I found this black vulture nest. I saw Mom fly out, but did not get a good picture of her.

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wood thrush Hylocichla mustelina

Observer

denniswross

Date

April 25, 2014

Place

Woods Gap (Google, OSM)

Description

I think this is a wood thrush, could by a Hermit Thrush. Dorsal side is an even reddish brown. Found dead under a window. Will dry and save skin as I do with all found dead birds.

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Common Goldfinch Spinus tristis

Observer

denniswross

Date

April 25, 2014

Place

Woods Gap (Google, OSM)

Description

Not dandelions in the lawn, but a 'charm' of goldfinch under the bird feeder

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Common wintercress Barbarea vulgaris

Observer

denniswross

Date

April 25, 2014

Place

Woods Gap (Google, OSM)

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denniswross

Date

April 25, 2014

Place

Woods Gap (Google, OSM)

Description

Traditionally in bloom by Easter, just made it this year.

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Apple Malus domestica

Observer

denniswross

Date

April 23, 2014

Place

Woods Gap (Google, OSM)

Description

Coming into bloom, hopefully the last frost is past.