More Eggs and Butter

The toadflax – also known as “butter and eggs” – has grown quite tall.  There are even large clusters of the flower, which I only recall reaching a very low stage last year.  I must not have been watching carefully.…

Climbing Cucumber

The wild cucumbers have appeared again.  Only a few have flowered, like this one, and I thought it was funny how their flowered stems shot straight up in the air.  You can also see a vine growing up the side …

Thistle Eater

You can purchase thistleseed in grocery and home stores to feed goldfinches but I’ve never actually seen them eating it in the wild.  In fact, the ones at our house eat sunflower seeds more reliably than thistle.  But there they …

Butter and Eggs Returns

Just as I’ve started to see the toads down by the pond, the Common or Yellow Toadflax has returned.  I like it’s alternative name – butter and eggs.  It seems to have taken a long time to appear but I …

Mmm, Worms

The leaves are filling out on the trees and it is getting harder to see the birds.  I saw what appeared to be an oriole today – black wings, vibrant orange  back – but couldn’t locate it in the branches.  …

Blurry Woodpecker

The downy woodpeckers were out again today looking for food.  They had goldfinches for company but this woodpecker came quite close to the path.  I think it’s a female, since it lacked the red cap of the male.  However, it …

Dropped Nut

Black walnuts (Juglans nigra) have finally been dropping from the trees.  I have stepped around smashed nuts that I am assuming some animal crushed to get at the meat.  They tend to something that a suburban jogger or …