Monthly Archives: March 2014

Flowering Quince – Not all exotics are bad!

Flowering Quince – Not native to the PGT We showcase native plants at the Prairie Garden Trust. The idea is to find the beauty in what nature has to offer. When we find exotics (plants that don’t occur here naturally) … Continue reading

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Canada Geese

Canada Geese The geese have established their nesting territory. With this pair the male (gander) is in the front as they usually are. I photographed these geese this morning at sunrise on a walk around Potter’s Lake. The golden color … Continue reading

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Flowering Dogwoods

Flowering Dogwoods In a few weeks the woods at the Prairie Garden Trust will be filled with dogwood blossoms; but we won’t have as many as in past years. The controlled burns that we are using have killed many of … Continue reading

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American Coot

American Coot After dinner tonight we took a walk around Potter’s Lake. The golden water caught my eye so I was hoping to find a bird. This morning on the same walk there were 4 Wood Ducks. This time all … Continue reading

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Nesting Season

Red-shouldered Hawk’s Nest Yesterday afternoon I hiked over to the Eastern Valley to find the stick nest that Justin Robertson spotted. The fresh green cedar branches mean the nest is being actively used. I went back today and a Red-shouldered … Continue reading

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Mallard

Mallard   This morning on my walk to the PGT Center I flushed some Mallards on Beaver Lake. Three pair flew up and away but then circled back over me so I was able to shoot this drake. I’m not … Continue reading

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Early Birds

Great Blue Heron The first signs of spring are upon us! This afternoon we heard the call of an Eastern Phoebe for the first time this year. They were checking out a potential nesting site in a rock shelter along … Continue reading

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Spring Peepers

On a walk this afternoon I heard the song of Spring Peepers for the first time this year. A welcome sound that means Spring is coming! I pulled out my iPhone to let you hear that they sound like:  Spring … Continue reading

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Canada Goose

Canada Goose There was such a loud ruckus this morning that I had to go check it out. A pair of geese are establishing their territory at Potter’s Lake. Such loud honking!

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Robins flock to burned Prairie

American Robin The birds have responded to the controlled burn at the PGT last week. At sunset last night I photographed a flock of robins grazing the newly blackened earth.

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