Friday, July 23, 2021

Thistle - Sit Spot #908 - July 23, 2021








Fleur-Ange showing how tall the
Bull Thistle has grown.




Friday, July 23, 2021 11:20 a.m.

Sit 908   : Brush Pile W  : Sunny 

+23° (+25°) W 4-6 kph  50% humidity 


Mourning Doves,

Field Sparrow,

House Wren,

Common Yellowthroat,

Mosquitoes,

LDD moths,

Red-tailed Hawk,

Cardinal,


Extras:

5:50 a.m. - 

House Wren,

Crows,

(Traffic noise),

(Train),


Along the Trails -

Rabbit,

Monarch Butterfly,

Cardinal,

Many Mosquitoes,

1st Purple-veined Willow-herb blooming,

Common Yellowthroat, 

Catbird, 

Indigo Bunting,

Yellow-billed Cuckoo,

Goldfinches,

Field Sparrow, 

Red-tailed Hawk,


Kitchen Window and Bird Feeder -

Red-winged Blackbird,

Blue Jays,

Cardinals,

Mourning Doves,

Purple Finch,

Flicker,

Goldfinches,

Grackles,

Rose-breasted Grosbeaks,

Robin,

House Wren,

Chipmunk,

Grey Squirrel.





Photo Site #1 - East Pond Area
Water is gone again






Thursday, July 22, 2021

Cup Plants - Grosbeak - Sit Spot #907 - July 22, 2012








One of several Cup Plant grouping
in our east meadow






Juvenile male Rose-breasted Grosbeak





Thursday, July 22, 2021 10:30 a.m.

Sit 907  : Brush Pile W : Partly cloudy 

+19° (+19°) W 6-9 kph  68% humidity 


(Jet  - JetSuite Air flight 307...),

Blue Jays,

Mosquitoes,

Common Yellowthroat,

Mourning Doves,

Unidentified bird calls,

House Wren,

Dog barking in distance,

Woodpecker drumming,

Cardinal,

Catbird,


Extras:

5:50 a.m. -

Mourning Doves,

Crows,

House Wren,

Field Sparrow,


Along the Trails -

Flicker,

Blue Jays,

1st Morning Glory blooming,

1st Outhouse Plant blooming, 

1st Prairie Dock blooming,

Goldfinches,

Indigo Bunting,

1st Indian Tobacco blooming, 

Cardinal,

Common Yellowthroat, 

Robins,

1st Maple-leaved Goosefoot blooming,


Kitchen Window and Bird Feeder -

Red-winged Blackbird,

Blue Jays,

Cardinals,

Mourning Doves,

Purple Finch,

Flicker,

Goldfinches,

Grackles,

Rose-breasted Grosbeaks,

Juvenile male Rose-Breasted Grosbeak,

White-breasted Nuthatch,

Eastern Phoebe,

Robin,

Possible Pileated Woodpecker calling,

House Wren,

Chipmunk,

Grey Squirrel,

Red Squirrel.





Photo Site #6 - Close-up of East Willow












Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Ground Cherry - Sit Spot #906 - July 21, 2021







Clammy Ground-cherry
coqueret hétérophylle
(Physalis heterophylla)




Wednesday, July 21, 2021 5:05 p.m.

Sit 906  : Brush Pile W : Sunny 

+24° (+24°) nw 13-20 kph 36% humidity 


Cardinal,

Grey Tree Frog,

Mosquitoes,

LDD moths,

Mourning Doves,


Extras:

5:50 a.m. -

House Wren,

Crows,

Cardinal,

Willow Flycatcher,

Phoebe,

Unknown bird call,

Dog barking in distance,


Along the Trails 4:40 p.m.-

Crows,

Field Sparrows,

Many Mosquitoes,

Towhee,

Cardinal,

Common Yellowthroat,


Kitchen Window and Bird Feeder -

Blue Jays,

Mourning Doves,

Purple Finch,

Goldfinches,

Grackles,

Rose-breasted Grosbeaks,

White-breasted Nuthatch,

House Wren,

Chipmunk,

Grey Squirrel.

  





Photo Site #4 - North Ridge Trail






Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Catnip - Mantis - Sit Spot #905 - July 20, 2021








Catnip
herbe à chat
(Nepeta cataria)







1st Praying Mantis of the Season




Tuesday, July 20, 2021 10:40 a.m.

Sit 905  Brush Pile W : Haze Partly cloudy 

+24° (+30°) SW 7-11 kph  74% humidity 


Catbird,

LDD moths,

Mosquitoes,

Mourning Doves,

Field Sparrow,

(Prop Plane),

(Train),

Crows,

Cardinal,

Baby Rabbit almost on my foot,

Blue Jays,

Towhee,


Extras:

12:05 a.m. - fireflies blinking,


4:30 a.m. - coyotes howling,


5:45 a.m. -

Field Sparrow singing,

Goldfinches calling,

More bats that usual flying,

House Wren just starting to sing,


Along the trails -

House Wren,

Bluebirds,

2 more rats in barn traps #28 & #29,

1st Hedge Parsley blooming,

Mourning Doves,

Goldfinches,

Blue Jays,

Crows, 

Common Yellowthroat, 

Field Sparrow,

1st Praying Mantis of season, 

1st Ambush Bug of the season,

1st Meadowsweet blooming, 


A very few LLD male moths flying,


Kitchen Window and Bird Feeder -

Blue Jays,

Bluebirds,

Cardinals,

Mourning Doves,

Rose-breasted Grosbeak,

White-breasted Nuthatch,

House Wren,

Chipmunk,

Black Squirrels,

Red Squirrel.







Photo Site #7 -
Sunrise Time from 2nd Floor Window







Monday, July 19, 2021

Finch - Mushroom - Sit Spot #904 - July 19, 2021







Purple Finch
Surprised as we usually see these in winter






An Amanita mushroom
My app called it the "Destroying Angel"
one of the most poisonous mushrooms
of North America




Monday, July 19, 2021 10:40 a.m.

Sit 904   : Brush Pile W : Partly cloudy 

+22° (+26°) NW 9-14 kph  78% humidity 


Woodpecker tapping,

Cardinal,

Mourning Doves,

Goldfinches,

Mosquitoes,

Song Sparrow,

LDD moths,

(Jet - United Airlines flight 267...),


Extras:

5:40 a.m. -

House Wren,

Cardinals,

Crows,

Field Sparrows,


Along the Trails -

House Wren,

Rabbit,

Crows,

Cardinal,

Red Squirrel,

Bluebirds,

Mourning Doves,

Field Sparrow,

Yellow-billed Cuckoo,

Amanita - Destroying Angel Mushroom,

Chickadees,

Common Yellowthroat,


Again very few LLD male moths flying,


Kitchen Window and Bird Feeder -

Blue Jays,

Bluebirds,

Cardinals,

Cowbirds,

Mourning Doves,

Purple Finch,

Goldfinch,

Grackle,

Rose-breasted Grosbeak,

Hummingbirds,

White-breasted Nuthatch,

House Wren,

Chipmunk.





Photo Site #3 - West Meadow Viewpoint
(I think I need to change the direction
as this "view" is mostly gone due to
the growth of the nearby trees.)

Have a look at one of the winter photos 
to see the viewpoint as it used to be.


Sunday, July 18, 2021

Spider - Sit Spot #903 - July 18, 2021









Nursery Web Spider



Sunday, July 18, 2021 11:00 a.m.

Sit 903   : Brush Pile W : Hazy/Cloudy 

+22° (+25°) W  4-6 kph  73% humidity 


Cardinal,

Yellow-billed Cuckoo,

(Train),

Robins,

Field Sparrow,

(Jet  - Republic Airlines Flight 5754...),

Mosquitoes,

Only 2 or 3 LLD moths,

(Prop Plane),

Unidentified bird call,


Extras:

5:45 a.m. - 

Crows,

House Wren,

Field Sparrow,

1 Bat,


Along the trails -

And another Rat in barn trap (#27),

Goldfinches,

Flicker,

Crows, 

Cardinal, 

Mourning Doves, 

Field Sparrow, 

Nursery Web Spider,

Monarch Butterfly,

Common Yellowthroat, 

Tick #43 on my leg at French time,


Very few LLD male moths flying today,

I did not go out to scrape the few females,


Kitchen Window and Bird Feeder -

Blue Jays,

Bluebirds,

Cardinals,

Mourning Doves,

Goldfinch,

Grackle,

Rose-breasted Grosbeak,

White-breasted Nuthatch,

Robins,

House Wren,

Chipmunk,

Grey Squirrels,

Red Squirrels.


Blooming Plants from the last week:








Photo Site #2 - East Willow







Saturday, July 17, 2021

Monarch - Sit Spot #902 - July 17, 2021








I see Monarch Butterflies more often
than I report them
but
not as often as they used to fly here.




Saturday, July 17, 2021 4:15 p.m.

Sit 902   : Brush Pile W : Cloudy 

+20° (+21°) N 15-23 kph  78% humidity 


(Prop Plane),

LDD moths,

House Wren,

Robin,

Mosquitoes,

Wind in trees,

Catbird,

Mourning Doves,

Goldfinches,

Crows,

(Jet - Republic Airlines Flight 8809...),


Extras:

3:30 a.m. - all quiet,


5:45 a.m. -

House Wren singing,

Rain drops on roof,


Along the Trails -

Rat in barn trap,

Goldfinches, 

House Wrens,

Bluebirds,

Crows,

Indigo Bunting,

Many, many Mosquitoes,

Many LDD moths,

Towhee, 

Monarch Butterfly, 

Common Yellowthroat,

1st Culver’s Root found blooming,

1st Obedient Plant found blooming,


Kitchen Window and Bird Feeder -

Blue Jays,

Cardinals,

Mourning Doves,

Goldfinch,

Grackle,

Rose-breasted Grosbeak,

White-breasted Nuthatch,

House Wren,

Chipmunk,

Red Squirrels.





Photo Site #9 -
Looking out from West Brush Pile








Friday, July 16, 2021

Possom - Cup Plant - Sit Spot #901 - July 16, 2021









Oops !
Trying to catch a rat
I caught a baby opossum.
Only a couple of toes in the trap. 
It walked away with only a small limp.
They eat ticks so I was happy
it was not too badly hurt!








1st Cup Plant Bloom
We have well over 100 plants now
scattered about our property
so soon will have lots of colour
I am mowing down a lot to try to keep 
a little control over them.
(This one is trying to hide behind
the lilac bush. One can see various groups further back.)






Friday, July 16, 2021 11:40 a.m.

Sit #901   : Brush Pile W : Cloudy 

+21° (+24°) NE 6-9 kph 78% humidity 


Cardinal,

Common Yellowthroat,

LDD Moths,

Mosquitoes,


Extras:

1:00 a.m. - Fireflies,


5:45 a.m. -

House Wren,

Mourning Doves,

Goldfinches,


Along the Trails -

House Wren,

Towhee,

Mourning Doves,

Cardinal,

Goldfinches,

Crows,

Common Yellowthroat,

1st Cup Plant blooming,


Late start to flower/sit spot walk

due to plumber working in house.


Spent extra time scraping off

LDD moths from trees around house.

285 moths/egg masses.


Kitchen Window and Bird Feeder -

Red-winged Blackbirds,

Blue Jays,

Cardinals,

Mourning Doves,

Goldfinch,

Grackle,

Rose-breasted Grosbeak,

White-breasted Nuthatch,

House Wren,

Chipmunk,

Grey Squirrels.






Photo Site #5 - East "Forest" Trail