Saturday, January 31, 2015

End of Month View, January 2015

At the end of each month I like to look back to see what has been happening in my garden.


Buds on the Spirea
The Spirea buds are almost ready to burst forth to cover the bush in a blanket of tiny white flowers.

Daffodils
The Daffodils are pushing their way up from a heavy cover of oak leaves
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Hellebores
My Hellebores have a lot of new growth.  Some of the buds were killed when our temperatures dropped to 9F a few weeks ago, so I may not have as many blooms as in years past.

Privet Hedge, Ligustrum
The birds have stripped some of the berries from the Hedge, but there are still plenty left.

I think these Winter visitors are Pine Siskens.  They love Black Oil Sunflower seeds!
 What would a garden be without birdsong in it?

Have a wonderful week-end!

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Square-Pod Water-Primrose, January 28, 2015

Wildflower Wednesday and Outdoor Wednesday
Lee county, Mississippi, USA
On one of my walks, these seed pods hanging over the edge of a pond caught my attention.  They were the most unusual looking seed pods I've ever seen.

Ludwigia alternifolia
When I got home and looked them up, I discovered they are commonly called Seedbox (easy to see why).  Their official name is Square-Pod Water-Primrose, Ludwigia alternifolia.  They can be found in the eastern and middle United States (as far west as Colorado) and eastern Canada.  Look for them in moist areas such as swamps and alongside ponds and streams.  We will have to wait until Summer to see them in bloom.

Have a wonderful day!

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Cardinals, January 27-28, 2015

Wild Bird Wednesday and ABC Wednesday
C is for Cardinal, Cardinalis cardinalis
Male Cardinal, December 25, 2014
Prentiss county, Mississippi, USA
Cardinals are frequently seen at bird feeders in the eastern United States and southeastern Canada.  They were named for the red robes worn by the cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church.  They raise their crest feathers when alarmed or defending their territory and lower them when they feel safe and relaxed. 

Female Cardinal, December 25, 2014
Both males and females sing all year, not just in the breeding season as some birds do.  The female lays three or four pale green eggs, spotted with red-brown, in a deep nest concealed in a bushy thicket.  Incubation takes 12 to 13 days. Two or three broods may be raised each year.

Update from last week:
Male, Belted Kingfisher, January 21, 2015
If you remember last Wednesday's post about the female Belted Kingfisher (Here she is),  you will be interested to know that I spotted a male near where I saw her.  In this photo you can clearly see his "belt."  I do hope that they are a mated pair and will be able raise a family in the Spring.

Have a beautiful day!

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Monday, January 26, 2015

Mushroom, January 26, 2015

January 21, 2015, Lee county, Mississippi, USA


I was walking the Natchez Trace trail near Tupelo, MS, when I spotted this huge mushroom.

Happy Monday!

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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Canada Geese, January 24, 2015

It was a quiet, peaceful afternoon until...
Tishomingo county, Mississippi, USA, January 20, 2015
the sentry sounded the alarm...


and they are off!


Across the lake to safety!

Have a wonderful week-end!

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Bay Springs Lock and Dam, January 22-23, 2015

Good Fences and Sky Watch Friday

Good Fences
Tishomingo county, Mississippi, USA, January 20, 2015
Taking advantage of the milder weather, my husband and I drove over into Tishomingo county to walk the nature trail at Bay Springs Lake on the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway.


I thought this was a wonderful fence that added to the scenery, much better than the metal railings you see along many roads.


The paved walking trail wanders alongside the lake.  There was a lot of moss to add cheerful color to Winter's greys and browns.


These Canada Geese were the only water fowl we saw close enough to identify, but there were ducks far out on the lake.


Sky Watch Friday
Bay Springs Lock and Dam, January 20, 2015
The skies were mostly overcast, but we enjoyed walking the trail alongside the lake.

Have a beautiful day!

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Belted Kingfisher, January 21, 2015

Wild Bird Wednesday and ABC Wednesday
B is for the Belted Kingfisher

The Belted Kingfisher's range covers most of the United States and southern Canada. They can be identified by their bushy crest, dagger-like bill, and a belt of blue-grey feathers across their breasts.  They like to sit on tree limbs that project over water to watch for fish, their favorite food.  They also eat crabs, crayfish, lizards, mice, and insects.


I have identified this Belted Kingfisher as a female because of the chestnut color of her belly.  Males have white bellies.  No nesting in trees for this lady. She will lay five to eight white eggs in a tunnel dug deep into the bank of a stream or river. 

Lee county, Mississippi, USA, January 12, 2015
I was hoping she would turn around, so I could get a front view, but she saw something in the water, dived for it, and flew away.  I am going to keep looking for her to come back to fish in the same spot.  Maybe I'll get a better photo next time.

Have a Wonderful Wednesday!

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