Monday, May 24, 2010
"Mama" and one of her babies. Groundhog, woodchuck, marmot are some of the names used to identify the largest member of the squirrel family. They dig burrows up to forty six feet in length and will have up to five entrance/exit holes. Grasses, plants and fruits make up most of their diet. Climbing trees and swimming are activities to be enjoyed or for escape if needed. If provoked they make a whistling noise and this has earned them the nickname whistle-pig in some areas. Not usually welcomed by humans as they can undermine the foundations of buildings and ponds with their burrowing.
Monday, May 17, 2010
I find it amazing that after sixteen years of living here at Weedy Acres new items are constantly appearing. In early spring I noticed these purple flowers in the fence row and at the edge of the mowed area of the field. They are exquisite and small reaching only a few inches in height. They are also called everlasting pea and perennial pea. The most interesting fact about the wild sweet pea is that the structure of the flower allows only one type of insect to pollinate it, the bee.
Monday, May 10, 2010
Saturday, May 8, 2010
Friday, May 7, 2010
The little ones have not opened their eyes in this photo taken on May 2. They have the beginnings of feathers but will the keep the 'fluff' on the head for a while. There are four babies in this nest and it is already crowded and will become more so as they grow. The photo that I have placed in the header is of one of the parents. It is perched on a bird house but robins do not nest in bird houses but build their nest of mud and grasses and are known to place them in precarious places such as low in a Nandina bush or on the top of an automobile tire while the car is parked.