Thursday, April 28, 2011

Time flies...

As per usual, spring is getting ahead of me! I have a few more blooms to share with you, but there are probably a few more. I haven't had time to walk the trails yet this week.

There are a lot more birds back too. Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, Wood Thrushes, and Catbirds just to name a few.

Gotta run, but here are the rest of the flowers I know of!

Violet Wood Sorrel
Foam Flower
Pink Azalea (cultivated)
Indian Strawberry

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Cute, part II

These are the best I could get so far. I had to take these through the Nature Center window!

A couple additions to the flower list are Squirrel Corn, Greek Valerian, Wild Ginger, and Flowering Dogwood.

The Showy Orchis is just starting to bloom today. There are several nice plants along the Casa Burro trail. We can give you the specifics on where to look when you come out.

There are multiple species of butterflies out and about now and the warblers and other migrants are returning. Here is a short list of what has been seen/heard so far:

Rough-winged Swallow
Brown Thrasher
Yellow-throated Vireo
Prothonotary Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Yellow-throated Warbler
Louisiana Waterthrush
Hooded Warbler
Red-winged Blackbird

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Ridiculously Cute

That is what our spring intern declared when we got our first glimpse of the brand new goose babies! There are seven of them this year, and I will post a photo as soon as I can get a good one.
Everyday there are new flowers in bloom! Here are the latest...

Wild Blue Phlox
Dog Violet
Cream Violet
Long-spur Violet
Spring Cress

Thursday, April 14, 2011

A few more blooms

Here are some more flowers you can see when you come out!

  • Pussy Toes

  • Marsh Marigold

  • Trout Lily (just one, ask us about it)

  • Large-flowered Trillium

  • Celendine Poppy

  • Golden Ragwort Spring Cress (okay, I haven't actually seen it yet, but I'm sure it will bloom by this weekend.)

  • Large-flowered Bellwort

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

It's really finally here...

I think it's here to stay too! It's been a rough one this winter, but I'm so excited to post the first "current blooms" list. More on that later, but first I wanted to share with you a couple of pics from my walk to get the list.

We often get asked if we have any waterfalls at Wahkeena. The answer is yes! They're just really really small! When we have good rains like we have had recently, the spring fed streams run a little harder. So I snapped a picture of one of the tiny waterfalls.

Another uplifting thing to see in spring are the early butterflies. Mourning Cloaks and Question Marks are two of the earliest. You can see the former on a warm day in later winter sometimes. Today I almost stepped on one who was resting in the middle of the trail. I took this picture of him after I had disturbed him. Can you see why I didn't see him the first time?

Well, on to the list! Many of these are cultivated flowers, but this early in the spring they are just as welcome as the native ones! For those of you who are new to the blog, these flowers can all be seen around the Nature Center or from the trails. A couple of these that I have listed I only found one or two today, but with the sustained warm weather more will follow quickly.

Bloodroot - Vinca - Daffodil - Grape Hyacinth - Forsythia - Speedwell - Small Flowered Bittercress - Coltsfoot - Spicebush - Rue Anemone - Cut-Leaved Toothwort - Yellow Violet - Blue Cohosh - Spring Beauty - Hepatica - Confederate Violet