3.19.12 The summer-like temperatures and longer days of sunshine are providing energy for the emergence of many species. On a walk today, bunches of blue or white hepaticas were in bloom on a rocky hillside; wood frogs were chorusing in a beaver-constructed narrow pond; a Sallow moth, pictured here (probably the Jocose Sallow) was spotted despite its remarkable camouflage; and Eastern comma(the orange-colored photo) and Mourning cloak butterflies were darting about.
3.14.12 While looking for possible duck arrivals, this muskrat swam in circles, ever closer to the edge of the pond where I was standing. It appears to be using a tunnel in the side of the pond that was used previously by the river otter that has visited the area in other years. This is the first time I've observed muskrat activity in this small pond.
3.11.12 Cedar waxwings make the rounds at this time of year, cleaning up neglected apples and other fruit. About a dozen of them turned their pale yellow breasts into the warm sun and dozed; the earth under the tree was littered with russet apple pumice and the air held the aroma of cider. In the garden under the apple tree, kale that self-seeded last fall shows the beginnings of new growth.