Monthly Archives: November 2013

Cedar Waxwing

Cedar Waxwing Lorna was in the kitchen preparing Thanksgiving dinner when she called out “Hey Henry, there’s a bunch of birds in the front of the house. You might want to check it out.” She was right! Even though all … Continue reading

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Harvesting Osage Orange fruit

Osage Orange, Maclura pomifera We’ve been out gathering Hedge apples this morning. Even though it’s not edible they look cool! I’m going to use them for a display in my booth at the Healthcare Design Conference HCD13. The trees are pretty interesting … Continue reading

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Northern Goshawk

Northern Goshawk,  Accipiter gentilis Justin Robertson brought Kitty to the PGT this morning to fly her. Justin is a falconer and Kitty is one of his birds. Justin is working with us at the PGT this winter to help with … Continue reading

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Dark-eyed Junco

Dark-eyed Junco, Junco hyemalis   Junco’s are the most common winter sparrow here. I photographed this one today under a plum thicket by the barn. To help draw them in I tossed out a little cracked corn. They immediately showed up … Continue reading

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Shellbark Hickory Nut – Delicious!

Shellbark Hickory, Carya laciniosa I tasted a Shellbark Hickory Nut for the first time today and was surprised by how delicious it was. It was sweet and buttery; almost like Butter Brickle Ice Cream. At the PGT you can find Shellbark … Continue reading

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White-throated Sparrow

White-throated Sparrow, Zonotrichia albicollis Walking at sunrise this morning I photographed this bird in a clump of Silky Dogwood. They’ve just arrived from Canada to spend the winter with us.

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Song Sparrow?

The forecast for sunshine was wrong. Despite that I took a long walk this afternoon in the Dogleg Prairie; one of our largest restored prairies. This sparrow flushed in front of me and clung to some Indian Grass for a … Continue reading

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Fox Sparrow

Fox Sparrow, Passerella iliaca   I found this large dark sparrow today in a dense thicket of Silky Dogwood with many dried native wildflowers mixed in. I could see how it got it’s name with those rich red-brown colors. Sometimes we … Continue reading

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Last Butterfly?

A Clouded Sulphur Butterfly (Colias philodice) leaps off a New England Aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae) When I took this picture on Friday I wondered if this would be the last butterfly I would see this year. As it is I’ve not seen many … Continue reading

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Sedge Wren

Sedge Wren This tiny bird flushed from the prairie grasses this morning. It flew a short distance and dropped down. I could tell from the way it held it’s tail that it was a wren but I wasn’t sure which … Continue reading

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