Friday, August 10, 2012
Friday, April 29, 2011
Maple trees leafed out
Ruby throated hummingbird!
Bat at pond
Baby goslings at the pond
Gray tree frogs
Giant Water Bug!
Predacious Diving Beetle!
Gray tree frogs!
Black rat snake
Baby painted turtels!!
Quince bushes flowering
May Apple foliage
Jack in the pulpit
Tamarac's have needles
Cherry trees blossoming
Red shouldered hawks
Red tailed hawks
Geese on the ponds
Wood duck at wood duck swamp
Turkeys behind pond - including a bearded hen!
Deer, deer, everywhere
Opossoms and raccoons
Painted turtles sunning themselves on warm days
Bloodroot flowers blooming!
Cowbird at feeder
male and female Wood ducks at swamp
Black throated blue warbler!
Coltsfoot blooming along roadsides
Daffodils blooming - only a few
2 kingfishers at pond
Pickerel frog at swamp
Trillium and Trout Lily - foliage only, no flowers yet
Huge gobbler on Emery Road
Common mergansers and canada geese on Front Pond
Great Blue Heron!
2 male wood ducks at swamp
Forsithya buds showing.
Honey suckle leaves BARELY emerging.
Red maple buds showing.
Posted by Naturalist at 4:07 PM
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Beaver on Front Pond.
Cowbirds and phoebes are back on campus.
Salamander search results: 50+ red spotted newts; 20 red backed salamanders; 23 dusky salamanders; 3 two lined salamanders; 2 tadpoles; 1 freezing cold green frog
Sunny, blue skies. SPRING EQUINOX!
3-4" snow overnight
2 canada geese and 2 mallards at swamp
three bald eagles
robins, ravens and crows
Hepatica and dutchmans breeches at Zimmerman Farms (foliage, but no flowers yet)
Bear scat at the knoll house
Turkey tracks by vernal pool
Masses of amphibian eggs in vernal pool
Wild turkeys - gobbling each night on lower campus
Honeysuckle leaves are starting to unfurl
Red maple buds are turning the hillsides a dull red
1-2" of snow overnight
Common mergansers on front pond
Posted by Naturalist at 11:37 AM
Friday, March 18, 2011
Painted turtles sunning themselves at the swamp!
Chipmunks are out and about. Lots and lots of gray squirrels are running around.
Mourning doves have been calling all day and into the evening.
Garter snakes were seen on March 12.
American woodcocks were first heard on March 8, and they have been "peenting" every night on campus since then. Dawn and dusk are their busy times, but they've been heard and seen in the black of night.
Spring peepers have started peeping at the swamp. Last night was the first "choir" that was heard.
Posted by Naturalist at 4:38 PM
Friday, March 11, 2011
Springtime has arrived! Well...the salamanders have!
Last night, we walked along Brisco Mountain Road in the rain, looking for and assisting spotted salamanders across the road.
41 live spotted salamanders
17 dead spotted salamanders
2 live wood frogs
3 dead wood frogs (one with an egg sac)
20 live spring peepers
10 dead spring peepers
Posted by Naturalist at 9:01 AM
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Flock of American Robins on campus - pulling worms from the loosening soil.
Chipmunks are out and about, running along rock walls where they've probably been curled up, avoiding the heavy snows and cold temperatures.
Canada Geese are back on Front Pond.
AMERICAN WOODCOCKS displaying on campus, right in front of the main building. Their courtship display involves spiraling upwards into the air and giving off a loud "peent!"
Posted by Naturalist at 10:11 AM