Winter Posts

Ice Storm by , Ranger

March 14th, 2014

A week ago today, as I lie peacefully dreaming of the spring to come, I was awakened by the unmistakable CRACK, POP, and POW of branches and tree trunks snapping and crashing to the ground. When I fell asleep hours earlier it was raining. My rude awakening made me realize that this night’s rain had […] Read the rest of this entry »

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Jordan Lake Eagles by , Ranger

March 6th, 2014

Just checked the Jordan Lake Eagle Cam and there are two eggs in the nest. When I first tuned in the eagle was not on the nest, the two eggs were clearly visible. There is now and adult brooding (not dwelling gloomily on something but incubating). http://www.ustream.tv/jordanlakeeagles https://www.facebook.com/JordanLakeEagleCam Enjoy! Read the rest of this entry »

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Bluebirds + by , Ranger

March 6th, 2014

Thanks to the folks in the Exhibits Department here at the Museum who supplied me with two lengths of stove pipe and a handful of hardware, I was able to fabricate and install two new predator guards on our bluebird nest boxes last week. We now have three of our six nest boxes protected. The […] Read the rest of this entry »

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The Feeders by , Ranger

February 28th, 2014

OK, in the past few weeks we’ve had days with snow, ice, and some very cold temperatures. We’ve also had a solid week, seven days, with temps in the sixties and seventies. And now, it’s chilling down again. Not long ago the local birds were singing a happy tune. Now it seems all they care […] Read the rest of this entry »

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A Chorus of Frogs by , Ranger

February 28th, 2014

As I mentioned in a previous entry in this journal, Spring Peepers and Upland Chorus Frogs had been calling vigorously during the warm weather of last week. We certainly have chorus frogs here at the Museum but they are difficult to locate visually. The best place to look for them is the U-shaped pond next […] Read the rest of this entry »

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Female Redhead by , Ranger

February 26th, 2014

In a recent post I highlighted two pair of Redheads that dropped into the Wetlands for the day. The following day the birds were gone, presumably continuing on to wherever it was they were originally heading. A line of heavy storms moved through our area on Friday, two days after the four redheads were with […] Read the rest of this entry »

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Redheads by , Ranger

February 21st, 2014

In the six plus years that I’ve been here at the Museum I’ve never seen a Redhead in the Wetlands. There were four redheads swimming, diving, preening, and resting in our little quarry of a wetland on Wednesday morning (2/19/14). Redheads are diving ducks. They feed by diving under the water to retrieve submergent plants, […] Read the rest of this entry »

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Hoar Frost by , Ranger

February 20th, 2014

I recently posted an image of fern frost which I discovered on the hood of my van one frosty morning last week. I often see this type of frost on cold mornings on the interior of the storm windows of my house (if you live in a newer house with energy efficient double pane windows […] Read the rest of this entry »

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The Week Ahead by , Ranger

February 18th, 2014

You can expect to see more scenes as depicted in the above photo for the duration of¬†the week, the temperatures are expected to be in the 60s with at least one 70 thrown in. I saw six turtles out basking this morning. I expect to see more this afternoon. In fact, I expect to see […] Read the rest of this entry »

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Fern Frost by , Ranger

February 14th, 2014

The van was covered with snow the day before this photo was taken. I cleaned it off (the van) the next morning and didn’t move it the entire day/night. I’m not sure of the wind velocity, but think it was calm overnight, clear sky and calm. The temperatures were in the mid to high twenties.¬†Interesting […] Read the rest of this entry »

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