Monthly Archives: December 2011

Kingfishers Nest in Mud Banks

Mud Banks along Hillers Creek Belted Kingfishers excavate tunnels in these mud banks to nest each year. I’ve tried to photograph them coming to the nest but they slipped past me.

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Exploring Small Creeks

Farm Pond Creek and Fern Creek Join. Here you can see where two creeks join just before spilling into Hillers Creek. If you are up for some steep climbing along rocks Farm Pond Creek and Fern Creek are with exploring. … Continue reading

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Winter Lake Willows

Black Willow, (Salix nigra) Winter can offer surprising color. Here are some willow trees along the edge of Beaver Lake. Behind them is a prairie with a lot of Big Bluestem.

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Winter Woods

Fog in the PGT Woods The winter woods can have a quiet beauty. Here you can see some fog in the woods just east of the PGT Center.

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Dark-eyed Junco

Dark-eyed Junco, (Junco hyemalis) One of the most common winter birds at the PGT is the Junco. You can see small groups of them feeding on the ground in a wide range of habitats.

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Northern Goshawk

Northern Goshawk, (Accipiter gentilis) One of the uncommon winter hawks here is the Northern Goshawk. I photographed this one flying near Beaver Lake.

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Natural Bluebird Houses

A natural tree cavity carved by a woodpecker We’ve put up bluebird nest boxes since we first moved here in 1970. I’m thinking that man-made boxes mounted on posts don’t look good in the natural landscape. I’m exploring ways to … Continue reading

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Tree Damage from Burns

A tree damaged by a burn. Burning the grassland and the woods is a key part of managing the PGT. Since one of our goals is beauty, we ask our groundskeepers (Matt and Duncan) to look comb the woods for … Continue reading

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American Tree Sparrow

American Tree Sparrow, (Spizella arborea) I’m not very skilled at identifying the sparrows that winter here. It helps me to take their picture and then look in a field guide. This one is the American Tree Sparrow.

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Great Blue Heron Nests

Great Blue Heron Nests in a Sycamore Tree In the the largest trees on the property deep in Hillers Creek valley we have a Great Blue Heron Rookery. This time of year the nests are empty but the herons start … Continue reading

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