Many of these around in the woods towards the end of summer
Found on a mocker nut hickory
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.
Considered an invasive, but I love the berries better than native raspberry.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Crickets seem to be out earlier this year.
This tick was crawling on my dog, first time I have seen this species here. This has been a tick heavy summer so far.
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?
Mayapple is common near here, but at Woods Gap, I have found only one small clump, all male plants. They are probably a 'clone'
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
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.
Need help with the id
beautiful group of them blooming along the creek
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.
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.
Not dandelions in the lawn, but a 'charm' of goldfinch under the bird feeder
Traditionally in bloom by Easter, just made it this year.