Summer Posts

They’re on their own. by , Ranger

August 26th, 2013

Our green herons are now on their own. I saw one bird at its nest tree this morning (8/24), but they are all free flying birds and have been experimenting with different fishing sites around the Wetlands. Here’s some photos of the crew. The rest of the images are from August, 24, a Saturday. I’m […] Read the rest of this entry »

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Sights to be seen… by , Ranger

August 21st, 2013

Just a handful of the sights from the first half of August. Speaking of cicadas… Speaking of Cicada Killers… Boy, there’s a lot to see out there in the Wild! Enjoy. Read the rest of this entry »

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Green Herons Ready for Action! by , Ranger

August 19th, 2013

I’ve been off for several days but I felt compelled to come in briefly last Thursday (8/15) to see how the herons were doing. They’re doing fine and seem to be ready to go. The birds are still hanging around the nest tree but both groups of herons look able to fend for themselves, almost. […] Read the rest of this entry »

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Paralyzed spiders for my babies, please! by , Ranger

August 14th, 2013

You have no doubt seen the object, or one like it, in the photo at right. It’s an Organ Pipe Mud Dauber’s nest. One individual constructed the “pipes” in the photo, a female wasp. The male may be nearby to guard the nest but doesn’t participate in its construction. Each pipe may have anywhere from […] Read the rest of this entry »

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Green Herons soon to be hunting on their own. by , Ranger

August 12th, 2013

When I checked on our green herons this past Tuesday morning (8/6) I found one leaning over a branch of its birth tree staring down at the water. Was the bird admiring its reflection or was it feeling the urge to hunt? I suspect it was watching for little minnows and tadpoles in the water […] Read the rest of this entry »

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Caterpillars by , Ranger

August 7th, 2013

A few weeks ago as I ambled down the path of the Dinosaur Trail I noticed a black-bodied caterpillar coming up the path directly at me. The caterpillar was about an inch and three quarters in length and had long, white, silky hairs (setae) sparsely spaced along its length. I hadn’t seen one of these […] Read the rest of this entry »

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What are the herons up to? by , Ranger

August 5th, 2013

I’ve not been able to locate one of the nestlings in the first heron nest. Originally there were three nestlings. I’ve only seen two nestlings since the birds moved off the nest. Two of the birds hatched earlier and so were larger. At one point I witnessed the two larger birds pushing the smaller nestling to […] Read the rest of this entry »

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Where’s the Herons, Cardinals, and oh yeah, the Kingfishers? by , Ranger

August 1st, 2013

I was a little apprehensive as I made my way over to the Wetlands Overlook on Tuesday morning. I missed two days of observation due to the weekend off (Sunday & Monday). A lot can happen in the lives of nestlings in two days. A quick scan with my binoculars (bins) lessened my anxiety. The […] Read the rest of this entry »

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What’s All The Excitement About? by , Ranger

July 30th, 2013

Perhaps the reality has hit the heron that it has four nestlings to feed! That’s right, four nestlings!! The bird above is just below the nest (NS2) in a willow just off the Main Wetlands Overlook. I too, was excited when it was pointed out to me this weekend that there were four nestlings in this nest. […] Read the rest of this entry »

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NOCA Nest by , Ranger

July 29th, 2013

What’s a NOCA? It’s the four letter code for Northern Cardinal. The code was devised by the Bird Banding Laboratory in Patuxent, MD to lessen confusion and save time while collecting, entering, and sorting data on banded birds in North America. Rather than writing down sometimes lengthy common names of birds when entering data you simply […] Read the rest of this entry »

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