I see this eastern cottontail (Sylvilagus floridanus) almost every day in the early evening at the edge of the woods on the southwest corner of the property.
I was able to observe it closely on this occasion and discovered why it likes this particular location. The combination of shade, "lawn"... rich in broadleaf plantain, and a nearby large brush pile (cover) make for an ideal homeland. If you look closely at the photo, you will see it chewing away on a leaf of plantain.
It is quite relaxing to sit in the evening and watch it meander and browse, always alert for any dangerous intruders.
eastern eyed click beetle (Alaus oculatus)is
often found around rotting timber and that is exactly where I found
this one….in a pile of old, rotting boards. It is named for the
false eyes that appear on the back of the thorax.
"click" refers to the sound that they make when they flip
themselves upright. According to the Audobon Field Guide, “they
accomplish this amazing feat by snapping a fingerlike spine on the
underside of the thorax into a groove below the mesothorax.”
Strangely, this particular one did not exhibit the phenomenon. He
just lays on his back playing dead.
Yes, yes....almost back-to-back posts on box turtles. But this is Old Scarback (called "Scratchy" by the children), who has been mentioned on these pages on many occasions. This was the first sighting of the season. I wish that I had recorded the first year that I observed him but I would estimate that it has been close to 15 years.
This is the 10th year that we have been stream sampling for the Four Rivers Watershed Watch. We started when my oldest son was 12 years old. This was the first year for my fourth and youngest son. The weather was perfect and no mosquitoes. The water level in the stream was lower than I expected as we have had above normal precipitation.
I spotted an eastern box turtle on our smallholding that I had never seenbefore. It was smaller than a full grown adult. He or she was very shy and would not take a peak and allow me to observe the eye color. The plastron showed no indentation, so perhaps it is a female.
This female wolf spider was seen carrying her egg sac in one of my garden beds, where I often find them. They love the leaf litter and devour springtails to their heart's content. She was quite small, so I am thinking she was of the genus Schizocosa.
This is my Father’s world, and to my listening ears All nature sings, and round me rings the music of the spheres. This is my Father’s world: I rest me in the thought Of rocks and trees, of skies and seas; His hand the wonders wrought.
"And God saw everything that He had made, and behold, it was very good." Genesis 1:31