Sunday, February 16, 2020

Sit Spot, Butter & Eggs, plus an Ootheca

February 16, 2020 8:48 a.m.
Sit 486: Brush Pile W : Cloudy 
-1° (-6°) 15-23 kph  85% humidity 

(Jet , traffic noise)
(JetSuite Air flight 307...)

Coyote tracks,
Many Squirrel tracks,
One set of Rabbit tracks,
Bird tracks on snowy ice 
Two Cardinals singing Spring songs 
Blue Jays calling 
Mourning Doves,
Black Squirrels,
Grey Squirrels.

Photo Site #1 - East Pond

During the late afternoon the sun was shining at just the right angle to show me the remains of one plant that I had  been wanting to photograph. It was a stem and seed pod of a Butter and Eggs or linaire vulgaire in French (Linaria vulgaris).

I added the July photo for those who do not remember the look of the flower.

Also, I saw an ootheca [oh-uh-THEE-kuh], which I had always just called a Praying Mantis egg case but I learned the new term today and thought I would pass it along.

Given that it was on the edge of a path that I walk almost once or sometimes twice a day, I am sure I have passed within 30 cm of it over 100 times without seeing it. Today the sunshine was just right and I was looking down at just the right time. I wonder if I will be able to  find it again in the spring with the young mantises come out.

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