Friday, August 14, 2020

Planthopper - Aster - Sit Spot - August 14, 2020








Northern Flatid Planthopper






1st Arrow-leaved Aster of the season


August 14, 2020 9:30 a.m.

Sit 565  : Brush Pile W  : Mostly Sunny 

+23° (+28°) ne 15-23 kph  74% humidity 


Wind in trees,

Blue Jays,

(Train),

White Vervain blooming nearby, 

Virginia Knotweed blooming nearby,

Daisy Fleabane blooming nearby,

Unidentified chirps,

Grey Tree Frog,


Extras:


4:00 a.m.- Crickets calling, 


6:15 a.m.

       Crickets,

       Crows,

       Unidentified chirps, 


Along the trails-

Goldfinches,

Cicadas,

Blue Jays,

Sulphur Butterfly,

Cabbage White Butterflies,

Crickets,

House Wren,  

1st Arrow-leaved Aster blooming,

Indigo Bunting, 

1st Flat-topped Aster blooming,

1st Pilewort blooming,


Kitchen Windows and Bird Feeder -

Cardinal,

Chickadees,

Mourning Dove,

Goldfinches,

Grackles,

Hummingbird,

White-breasted Nuthatch,

Black Squirrels.




Photo Site #5 - Front "Forest" Trail






Thursday, August 13, 2020

Goldenrod - Mushrooms - Sit Spot - August 13, 2020

 








Giant Goldenrod aka "Late Goldenrod".

     I have no idea how it got the name "Late Goldenrod" as it is one of the earliest goldenrods to bloom. I missed seeing it for years as I looked late. Anyway, it is one of 17 goldenrods on our area of which I have only seen 3 so far this year. This one has fairly large flowers compared to most and a very smooth stem, sometimes with a pale white substance on it. And, one more time, none of the goldenrod cause allergies for more than 1 or 2% of the population. It's ragweed that is making you sneeze and making your eyes water. Ragweed started blooming last week.





     They do not show up too well in this photo but these are some of the 46 white coloured mushrooms that appeared across on of our trails this morning. They were not here yesterday!


August 13, 2020 9:50 a.m.

Sit 564  :Brush Pile W  Sunny 

+23° (+26°) ne 6-9 kph  63% humidity 


Catbird,

Indigo Bunting,

(Prop Plane),

Cicada,

Blue Jays,

White Vervain blooming nearby, 

Virginia Knotweed blooming nearby,

Daisy Fleabane blooming nearby,

Chipmunk,

Cardinal,

(Traffic noises),

Field Sparrow,


Extras:


3:30 a.m.-Crickets calling, 


6:00 a.m.-

       Cardinals,

       Towhee,

       Crickets,


Along the trails-

Chickadees,

Pewee, 

Crickets, 

Cicada,

Cabbage White Butterflies,

Ambush Bugs,

46 White Mushrooms on trail

   where there were none yesterday, 

Red-tailed Hawk,

Towhee,

Crow,

1st Late Goldenrod blooming, 

1st Garden Phlox blooming,


Kitchen Windows and Bird Feeder -

Red-winged Blackbird,

Blue Jays,

Mourning Dove,

Goldfinches,

Grackles,

Rose-breasted Grosbeaks,

Black Squirrels.




Photo Site #6 - Close up of east Willow





Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Meadowhawk - Caterpillar - Sit Spot - August 12, 2020

 




Ruby Meadowhawk Dragonfly






Monarch Caterpillar

With my fingers below for size reference.


August 12, 2020 3:30 p.m.

Sit 563  : Brush Pile W : Mostly Sunny

(iPhone not working so no "official" weather)

Hot, no breeze at sit spot


(Prop Plane),

Mosquitoes,

Towhee,

White Vervain blooming nearby,

Daisy Fleabane blooming nearby,

Virginia Knotweed blooming nearby,

(Jet, Traffic noise),

Unidentified chirps,

(Train),


Extras:


12:30 a.m. - Crickets calling,


6:15 a.m. - 

       (Very noisy train),

       Goldfinches,

       White-breasted Nuthatch,

       Crows,


Along the trails-

Pewee,

Sulphur Butterfly, 

Crickets,

Grasshoppers,

Crows,

Ruby Meadowhawk Dragonflies,

Monarch Caterpillar, 

House Wren, 

Soldier Beetles,

Ambush Bugs,

Barn Swallows in p.m. over west meadow


Kitchen Windows and Bird Feeder -

Blue Jays,

Goldfinches,

Grackles,

Rose-breasted Grosbeaks,

Black Squirrels,

Grey Squirrels,

Red Squirrel.




Photo Site #3 - West Meadow Viewpoint







Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Planthopper - Sit Spot - August 11. 2020




Green Cone-headed Planthopper
(Acanalonia conica)



August 11, 2020 5:20 p.m.

Sit 562  : Brush Pile W : Partly cloudy 

+25° (+31°) W 20-30 kph  66% humidity 


Red-tailed Hawk,

Wind in trees, 

(Jet, traffic noise),

(Delta Airlines flight 535…),

White Vervain blooming nearby, 

Daisy Fleabane blooming nearby, 

Virginia Knotweed blooming nearby, 

Dames Rocket blooming nearby again, 



Extras:

3:00 a.m. - Crickets calling,


5:55 a.m. - Cardinals singing,


Along the Trails -

Crickets,

Cicadas,

Crows,

Goldfinches,

Cabbage White Butterflies,

Little Wood-Satyr Butterflies,


Kitchen Windows and Bird Feeder -

Cardinals,

Chickadees,

Mourning Doves,

Goldfinches,

Grackles,

Rose-breasted Grosbeaks,

Black Squirrels,

Grey Squirrels.



Photo Site #1 - East "Pond"

 

 



Monday, August 10, 2020

Aphids - Sit Spot - August 10, 2020




Oleander Aphids on Swamp Milkweed Pod
(Each is about the size of a pin head.)


August 10, 2020 11:30 a.m.

Sit 561  : Brush Pile W : Sunny 

+29° (+38°=100.4 F) w 20-30 kph  65% humidity 

Blue Jay,

Unidentified chirps,

(Jet, traffic noise),

(Southwest Airlines flight 416...),

Song Sparrow,

White Vervain blooming nearby, 

Virginia Knotweed blooming nearby, 

Daisy Fleabane blooming nearby, 

Great Ragweed blooming nearby, 


Extras:


3:00 a.m.- Crickets calling, 


5:55 a.m

      Towhee, 

       Bats flying,


Along the trails -

1st Green Amaranth blooming,

Barn Swallows,

Swallowtail Butterfly, 

Goldfinches,

Cardinal, 

Robins, 

House Wren, 

1st Meadowsweet blooming, 

Flicker, 

Crickets, 

Catbird, 

Towhee, 

Cicada, 

Crows, 

Red-tailed Hawk, 

White-tailed Deer, 

Field Sparrow,  

Cabbage White Butterflies ,

Monarch Butterfly, 

1st Great Ragweed blooming, 

Grey Tree frog, 

Turkey Vulture, 

Little Wood-Satyr butterflies, 


Kitchen Windows and Bird Feeder -

Chickadees,

Mourning Doves,

Goldfinches,

Grackles,

Rose-breasted Grosbeaks,

Hummingbird,

Robin,

Chipping Sparrow,

House Wren,

Chipmunk,

Black Squirrels,

Grey Squirrels,

Red Squirrel.




Photo Site #2 - East Willow