Author Archives: Henry Domke

New PGT Map

Lorna and Dale have just put up a new interactive map on the PGT Website. They’s also created a handout with the map on it. It’s at the printers now and should be ready in a few weeks. With the … Continue reading

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Early Spring Birds

Having a week with temperatures in the 70s is a treat and it’s bringing the birds back. Today we got a good look at an Eastern Phoebe. This is about a month earlier than I’m used to seeing them. Last … Continue reading

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No Fruits and Nuts

Wild fruits and nuts are hard to find at the PGT this Fall. Could hail cause a widespread crop failure? Some of the missing wildlife foods are: Wild Persimmon (shown in the picture) Acorns (several species) Hickory Nuts Walnuts Osage … Continue reading

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Fall Color

Bald Cypress reflecting on the water provides some burnt orange colors to contrast with the greens and purples of the water lily pads. This picture was taken at the Lotus Ponds last weekend. In general the color in the landscape … Continue reading

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Sedge Wren

I was surprised to come across a Sedge Wren today as I was walking the prairie to check on the Oaks we’ve planted. Finding Sedge Wrens is hit-and-miss here. Unlike any other bird I know of they are most abundant … Continue reading

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River Otters at the PGT!

On our morning hike today Lorna and I stumbled upon three River Otters swimming and feeding in Hillers Creek. This is the first time we’ve seen them here since we moved to the property in 1970. I wasn’t able to … Continue reading

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Henslow’s Sparrow – Boring Bird?

If you aren’t a serious birder you’ll probably find the Henslow’s Sparrow boring. It’s small, drab and it usually hangs out in low clumps of dried grass. Cornell’s website calls them “uncommon and famously inconspicuous.” The fact that it is … Continue reading

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Kentucky Warbler

This is one of the common warblers that nest at the Prairie Garden Trust. They tend to hide in the underbrush so it’s easier to hear them than it is to see them. I photographed this one a few days … Continue reading

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Summer Tanager

This morning I found this male Summer Tanager hanging out at one of the new viewing areas we’ve built at the Prairie Garden Trust. We call it the Savanna Bluff Overlook. He allowed me to get very close to get … Continue reading

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PGT Sidewalk

This is a shot of the sidewalk by the PGT Visitor Center taken this morning. We were out searching for new birds and found three beauties: Blackburnian Warbler Chestnut-sided Warbler Prairie Warbler

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