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Monday, April 02, 2007

More Spring

More spring stuff from the native wildlife refuge area of the yard.

Click on the pictures to open a larger version.

Only problem is, the mosquitoes aren't far behind. Spring seems to last only a few weeks these days, and then it becomes a hot, humid southern summer.


Blogger pissed off patricia said...

I have no idea where in the US you are but it surely is beautiful. That looks like a pileated woodpecker. Is it? I see them here once in a while. I consider it good luck to spot one. A couple of springs ago I was fortunate to see them doing their mating dance on a tree near my house. It was a show indeed.

Tue Apr 03, 09:39:00 AM  
Blogger Dr. Know said...

Hi, POP,
Yes, that is a pileated woodpecker, in Metro-Atlanta. Huge thing, isn't it? They come to the suet and thistle feeders all year, but with all the recent development in the area I think they're having trouble finding dead wood to build nests in. I've considered strapping some decomposing logs to the sides of tree for them, but I'm not sure how to get a 50 lb. log 35 feet into a tree and fasten it. The other pictures, of course, are May Apples, native woods Iris, and Bluebirds. Been trying to get those stupid bluebirds to nest in the yard for years, have built every description of bluebird house, but they just show up and eat mealworms and leave. They went through the motions last year, but the 4 eggs were sterile. Bah!

Tue Apr 03, 12:14:00 PM  
Blogger LauraHinNJ said...

Looks like a beautiful place! Thanks for saying that the flowers are mayapples - I was wonderin' what they were.

I'd keep trying with the bluebirds - maybe they are a young pair and just need to practice a bit more.

Tue Apr 03, 10:36:00 PM  
Blogger Dr. Know said...

Thanks, it's a combined effort.
As for the bluebirds, if only humans had that much difficulty when young! ;-)

Wed Apr 04, 05:29:00 PM  
Blogger fallenmonk said...

I'll try and get some pics of the bluebird pair nesting in my bluebird box in the garden. Jealous? Nice pics and you can blogwhore anytime you want doc.

Mon Apr 06, 09:19:00 PM  
Blogger Dr. Know said...

Thanks, FM. Since this is two years after the original post date(!), they've actually raised two broods since. The've made themselves quite at home.

Tue Apr 07, 12:21:00 AM  

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