Category Archives: Animals

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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Monarchs on PGT Asters

Monarch butterflies paused on their flight south for a nectar break on our fall-blooming asters. The purple New England Aster stands out in the patches of prairie plants this time of year. But the white upland asters make a great … 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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Wild Black Raspberries…for the birds?

How do you know when the wild black raspberries are ripe? A short walk at the PGT makes it obvious. I’m not sure which bird(s) perched here, but clearly we’re not the only ones who think the new benches are … 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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