Sunday, June 19, 2011
They will be missed in the garden. You tend to become immune to the repeated aerial attacks; after awhile. I do not know if others experience this; but after the fledglings leave, I never have another tree swallow in my yard until next March. Once they leave the nest, they are gone until next year.
I did have my first ever successful bluebird nest this Spring. They are re-nesting right now. I am sure that a house wren will take over the tree swallow box soon. they always do.
Thursday, June 16, 2011
|Tygart River 6/16/11|
I had my dogs at Shavers Fork this evening and saw quite a few nice smallmouths. They were nosing right up to the shoreline, barely covered with water. Every one was within 6 inches of dry ground and waiting on something to move. This is the time of year that is very enjoyable to fly fish. I for one do not care if I'm catching 12 inch trout or 12 inch bass, either is just fine with me. We have to remember that a lot of our so called "trout streams" are in reality smallmouth bass waters; which receive trout allotments. The hatchery trout are just visitors. We really need some rain to raise the water levels and keep the temperatures down.
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
I seem to be over-run with chipping sparrow young this year and there are at least four pairs of house wrens busily raising young and re-nesting. A phoebe had its fledgling sitting on one of my pole bean tepees, yesterday. House finches, downy woodpeckers and the white-breasted nuthatches are busy; filling gaping mouths.
This is the season of renewal, be observant and enjoy.
Photos by High Virginia Images
Friday, June 10, 2011
This last photo is some kind of a guaranteed waterproof / snake-proof "hunting boot" that leaked so bad that your feet were actually floating in water. I said that I wasn't getting into that didn't I? Anyway, this past winter; I watched seven Carolina Wrens go into this one boot, on a cold evening. This one is in my gazebo.
I do still worry about my wrens on frigid nights; when the thermometer is below 10 and the wind is fierce. I usually find myself staring at the suet; until one shows up. But they always appear; after their cozy nights spent in their roosting boots. If you want to help out your wrens this winter; just hang some boots, they will be much appreciated.
Photos by High Virginia Images
Thursday, June 9, 2011
Tucker County; for some great outdoor photography experiences.
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Friday, June 3, 2011
|Great Spangled Fritillary|
The host plant for caterpillars is one of the many violet species. Twenty-seven species of violet are known to occur in West Virginia. This is the reason that the members of the Fritillary family are so widespread. Preferred nectar sources of the Great Spangled Fritillary are milkweeds, thistles and joe-pye weed.
The Butterflies Of West Virginia and their Caterpillars (Pitt Series in Nature and Natural History)
West Virginia Butterflies & Moths: An Introduction to Familiar Species (State Nature Guides)
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The Canada Lily is something to be on the lookout for; when you are afield in the High Virginia's during the months of June and July.