Brown-Eyed Susan

We have a number of these flowers – brown-eyed susans, black-eyed susans, and the prairie coneflower – all along the runoff pond by the Tom Taylor trail.

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Beaver Breakfast

I’ve shifted my schedule to catch an earlier train and I’m seeing a slightly different slice of life on the trail in the morning.  This will change as the days shorten and the light disappears but it’s meant more animal …

Singing Sparrow

The sparrows seem to be the least concerned about passersby.  The finches and warblers move on very quickly but a sparrow will sit and sing despite me stopping to watch.  I haven’t identified this one – I need to do …

Oriole in the Tree Tops

The Oriole was in the trees at both sunrise and sunset and I can’t help but take advantage of its willingness to stay in place for a photo.  I’d assumed it was a Baltimore Oriole and hadn’t heard of a …

Flowering Blossoms on Fruit Trees

Spring blossoms on the various fruit trees – mostly apples and cherries from what I can tell, with a few pears – along the river add a bit of color to the thickening green everywhere.  It’s early but the tree …

Goslings Get Their Feet Wet

The Canada Geese have given birth to their goslings.  Like the world needs more Canada Geese.  Still, the little tykes were down by the water, shepherded along by the adults and making their way to the river in fits and …

Striped Chipmunk

There are few sounds that the dog hears that are more ear-raising than the single chirp of the chipmunk.  Immediately he catches it, his ears go up and he points directly at it.  This one was peeking out in response …

Toads in a Hole

We have had a few very warm days.  Unlike last year, when the beavers dammed the runoff pond, the water is very low this year and there is a noticeable increase in the frog song each day.  One day I …

Beaver Foraging

I walk to the train and notice how the animals shift with daylight, rather than time.  When I walk in the dark, it’s often just me and the dawn chorus warming up.  As dawn breaks before I reach the tracks, …