This beautiful spot is on a tributary to Ford Branch. With the recent rains it was flowing nicely.
Saturday, February 19, 2011
Monday, February 14, 2011
If you ever wondered where they got the idea for the Alien movie monster...
If you never thought of your friendly neighborhood mollusk as a man of action, think again. Freshwater mussels like this cheeky little Epioblasma triquetra (a/k/a "Snuffbox") propagate their kind by grabbing a passing fish, clamping it down forcefully and then proceeding to shove some larvae down its throat.
Sunday, February 13, 2011
Saturday, February 12, 2011
We're starting to see courting behavior in the trees. I watched a nuthatch take suet to its mate in the dogwood tree and the spring color is beginning to show on the warblers and finches. Get outside and see for yourself what nice weather we have for hiking today. This yellow rumped warbler is terrorizing much larger birds at the feeder, showing off for the girls. His rump flashes are too fast for a picture to turn out so far.
Update: Here we go. Impressed girls?