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Cutleaf Toothwort Cardamine concatenata

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denniswross

Date

April 10, 2014

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April 10, 2014

Description

pollinating

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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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denniswross

Date

April 5, 2014

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Saxifraga virginiensis Micranthes virginiensis

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denniswross

Date

April 5, 2014

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Carolina spring-beauty Claytonia caroliniana

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April 5, 2014

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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.

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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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red tailed hawk Buteo jamaicensis

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denniswross

Date

February 28, 2014

Place

Woods Gap (Google, OSM)

Description

Unlike the red tailed hawk that I posted on 31 Jan 2014; this hawk is captive. He is trained in falconry, and this shot was taken while he was hunting. Falconers around the state (VA) report a marked decrease in squirrels, those remaining are smarter.

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Striped Skunk Mephitis mephitis

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denniswross

Date

February 8, 2014

Place

woods gap (Google, OSM)

Description

Released after capture. Notice the large amount of white on the back, is this a winter phase?

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Dark-eyed Junco Junco hyemalis

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denniswross

Date

January 31, 2014

Place

woods gap (Google, OSM)

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Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis

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denniswross

Date

January 31, 2014

Place

woods gap (Google, OSM)

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Gray Squirrel Sciurus carolinensis

Observer

denniswross

Date

January 31, 2014

Place

woods gap (Google, OSM)

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Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis

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denniswross

Date

January 31, 2014

Place

woods gap (Google, OSM)

Description

I cannot see what its prey is. Dropped in rapidly and stayed a while.

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Turkey Meleagris gallopavo

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denniswross

Date

January 16, 2014

Place

woods gap (Google, OSM)

Description

A rare snow aided in tracking the movement and activities of the turkeys that are resident here. One snow image showed a turkey turning in a circle dragging its feathers; probably a male putting on a display.

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denniswross

Date

January 24, 2014

Place

woods gap (Google, OSM)

Description

Watercress grows in a specific niche at Woods Gap; the outflow pipe of our biggest spring. The water is a constant 6 deg C. Today when the air temp was -20C, the plants were not frozen, being submerged in flowing water.

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denniswross

Date

January 4, 2014

Place

Woods Gap (Google, OSM)

Description

A number of these beetles are in crevices of the bark of a large tulip poplar.

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Stink Bugs Family Pentatomidae

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denniswross

Date

January 2, 2014 04:03 PM EST

Description

Very common home invader this winter

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Pileated woodpecker Dryocopus pileatus

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denniswross

Date

January 1, 2014 02:22 PM EST

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Wheel Bug (Arilus cristatus) Arilus cristatus

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denniswross

Date

October 31, 2013

Place

Woods Gap (Google, OSM)

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American Mink Neovison vison

Observer

denniswross

Date

October 9, 2013

Place

Woods Gap (Google, OSM)

Description

This member of the Mustela family was road kill near the house this morning. I think it is a long tailed weasel (M. frenata) but I cannot rule out a mink (M vison). Examination showed: length 47 cm, tail 27 cm, weight 1550 g. Two ticks attached to skin, not engorged (ticks are of special interest in SW VA right now). No internal parasites. Animal was male (testes present). Death due to crushing blow to R side of head. Time of death, at most a few hours before I picked up corpse at 09:00.

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pokeweed Phytolacca americana

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denniswross

Date

September 18, 2013

Place

Woods Gap (Google, OSM)

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spider Order Araneae

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denniswross

Date

September 12, 2013

Place

woods gap (Google, OSM)

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spider Order Araneae

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denniswross

Date

September 8, 2013

Place

woods gap (Google, OSM)

Description

Not very good at identifying spiders, something I need to work on. Lots, and lots of spiders in the meadow and woods at this time.

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m_jon

Date

December 29, 1994

Description

I found this animal dead on the front lawn of a farm house I was staying at on the outskirts of Floyd.

I made this sketch of it in my field notebook and identified it as Blarina brevicauda using my Peterson's guide to mammals.

(I just found this file on my computer today. It's a quaint reminder of how things were done in the days before digital cameras, when I only took photos of the most important things.)

And, yes, it looks like I forgot to add a scale. It was small!

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denniswross

Date

September 4, 2013

Place

Woods Gap (Google, OSM)