Saturday, May 28, 2011

Orchid Fever

Okay, so I tried multiple times yesterday to post this and it would go. Delays, delays, but you should still be able to catch this guy next week. Here is what I originally wrote:

Twayblade Orchid is in full, beautiful bloom this weekend! Sorry about the late post, but it's also Cecropia moth mating time. I'm hoping to get some pics posted later this week.

Back to the orchid... we have two very nice blooms right along the trail. One is along the Casa Burro and the other is along the Shelter trail. So a couple of great options to see this one.

Also of note, the past couple of days there have been a couple of species of fly catchers calling profusely. The Great Crested and the Acadian. Oh, and the Cuckoos have been making their presence known too.

Yea Nature!

Thursday, May 19, 2011


Puttyroot is now in bloom!

For a limited time only, you can see three orchids in one trip! Check out the Showy Orchis, Pink Lady's Slipper, and Puttyroot with one jaunt around the Casa Burro Trail.

See you this weekend!

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Pink Lady's Slipper!

What an exciting week it's been so far. This warmer weather has finally brought out some really cool insects. I've also noticed lots of galls on different plants, and it's been great frog and turtle weather! My school groups the past two days have seen tons of Green and Bull frogs. We have another population of toads singing today. They are over by the hawk and owl.

For me there has been a very exciting event that happened just today. A Luna moth eclosed from his cocoon!

Last fall I found two mature caterpillars and they eventually spun their cocoons. Now this one appears to be a male due to the very large antenna. (He uses these to smell his mate, even if she is far away.) I have one more cocoon that I'm really hoping will be a female. (That way I can get eggs and raise the caterpillars.)

The other exciting thing happening here is a pair of Summer Tanagers visiting at the feeders! They are more visible on cooler mornings, and you can see them so closely through the windows! If I recall, I put up a picture of the male last year, but now I have pictures of both the male and female. Aren't they just awesome!?

Also, we have two of our favorite flowers now in bloom. The Pink Lady's Slipper and the Flame Azalea! Sadly, there are only a few blooms of the orchid this year, but there are a few next to the trail which will provide for some good photo ops.

Here are a few more flowers in bloom:

Indian Cucumber Root
Sweet Cicely
Canada Mayflower
Pinxter Azalea

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Water, Water, Everywhere...

It was really nice to be out in the sunshine today. I took some time to check on what's in bloom, and listened to the myriad of birds singing. The Showy Orchis is still looking great, and is all over the Casa Burro Trail. There are lots of plants that can be seen from the trail. I took this pic of the Dwarf Crested Iris the other day. These guys don't last very long, but there are still a few buds on other plants.

Without further ado...

Dwarf Crested Iris
Mountain Azalea
Creeping Phlox
Solomon's Seal
Canada Violet
Three-lobed Violet
Black Jetbead
Swamp Buttercup