Saturday, June 9, 2018

Plume Moth



Yes! We're back into bug season!! For some that might daunting, but for me, it means more bugs to find. My front door seems to be the popular place for bugs to sleep. I usually have a good selection to chose from in the morning.

This morning was this lovely little Plume Moth. It is from the micromoth family and I thought it looked a little dragonflish. This moth is a little unique because when it's resting, it rolls up it's wings and takes the shape of a "T". They are most active at night and be found near pollen sources in the daylight hours. Adults drinks nectar. The larvae (caterpillars) eat leaves and often eats into stems of plants which kills the plant so that makes them somewhat unwanted in a garden. They can found virtually anywhere in the U.S.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Hey Buddy!

Look what we found in our garage! Probably the biggest frog I've seen in a LONG time. He was really friendly and let me pick him up and put him a box to take down to our beach. There a lot of marshy land down there where hopefully he'll find a good home and some froggy friends.


Thursday, May 17, 2018

First Crab of the Season


Wasn't the kind of crab you were expecting was it? LOL This is a baby horseshoe crab! I've always loved horseshoe crabs. These prehistoric crustaceans used to fill the Bay and crawl up on local beaches to lay eggs.  The kids and I would walk down to our local beach to see them, but it's been many years since they've come. My kids don't even remember. That's how long it's been! Due to people over harvesting them for fertilizer, the numbers have significantly shrunk. It's really sad when animals, like the horseshoe crab, can live through the dinosaurs, but are no match for humans. 

Friday, April 13, 2018

Seeds and Song Birds

This is the first day in Maryland when it has been REALLY WARM!! It's beautiful and it makes me think of song birds. I LOVE bird watching. I can sit for hours and just watch out my back window, but you know, certain seeds bring certain birds. Here are a few seed samples that are easily found in most stores around the country.

Nyjer
This is nyjer. I've also seen it spelled "niger" and it is also the same as thistle. Finches, chickadees and goldfinches love these!

Goldfinch

Chickadee 
House Finch


Safflower

I've never seen or heard of safflower, but it's great for attracting cardinals, grosbeaks and house finches.

Cardinal

House Finches

Grosbeak




Sunflower seeds are the king of all bird food! Everybody likes them including squirrels and bigger, undesirable birds that like to bully the pretty birds out of the feeder. Except for the blue jays. I think they can hold their own. Make sure to put sunflower seeds in a feeder to make them easily accessible for smaller birds. Sunflower seeds are available everywhere and can be bought shelled and unshelled. Birds you're likely to see with sunflower seeds:


House Finch

Chickadee

Nuthatch

Grosbeak

Cardinal

Blue Jay

Downy Woodpecker





The Otter Issue

So I am told that we have river otter. This is what they look like.


OMG!!! Look at that face! Who wouldn't love it?!?! Wanna know why? My son. LOL!

The otters here catch fish and then climb up on the swim platforms of boats or on the docks and eat their meals. Being an animal lover, I say it's adorable! Being a boater or waterman, they say it's annoying. Either way, they leave leftovers everywhere and it irritates my son to have to clean up after them all the time. Personally, I REALLY want to see one! They only come out and eat at night or early in the morning. Here is a pic of their leftovers on our dock. LOL



WOW! Just WOW!

I knew bald eagles were big, but this is crazy! I found this photo on Facebook and it's a great example of big these birds actually are! We have a few around here where I live and we're told to watch cats and small dogs when eagles are in the area. Yeah, I believe it now!


Saturday, March 31, 2018

An Empty Bird's Nest

Spring cleaning is in full bloom! LOL Out with the old and in with the new!! This is nest making season. Some birds renovate old nests while others kick out the old nest and start over. I'm guessing this was a do over. Either way, it means that Spring is returning and I really dig that!!