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Black Jack battlefield

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My walk Saturday began with a pair of seemingly bad omens. I arrived at the Ivan Boyd only to find it a freshly burned moonscape. I quickly crunched my way through the ash and over the Black Jack, only to find this fellow closely monitoring my movements (I know he's ...

sunday walk

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I went out to Clinton on Sunday and wandered around south of the dam kind of hoping I meet see some early spring woodland flowers. Nothing in bloom, but I did find some trout lily leaves pushing up through the soil. http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Mar/23/lily.JPG I heard lots of chorus frogs, of course, ...

red buffalo

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http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Mar/22/fire_1.JPG I had a good time at another prairie burn this weekend. It was about the easiest I've ever done. We had good natural fire breaks on every side but the south and the wind blew out of the south/southwest, pushing the flames towards a small creek. We did almost ...

Chorus Frogs

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Have you heard the large masses of chorus frogs? I've been hearing them faintly at night for a week or so, but over the weekend I ended up at a few places - the Black Jack battlefield, the wetlands along the SLT - where the noise really drilled right into ...

Ivan Boyd birds

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Hereʼs what I heard at the Ivan Boyd prairie yesterday:tufted titmouse (http://www.birds.cornell.edu/AllAboutBirds/BirdGuide/Tufted_Titmouse.html )chickadee (http://www.learnbirdsongs.com/birdsong.php?id=12 )crow blue jay (http://www.learnbirdsongs.com/birdsong.php?id=5 )junco (http://www.learnbirdsongs.com/birdsong.php?id=37 )I saw several cardinals, but not a one was singing. Just the day before, I heard several in my yard. Must have been the weather. The spring-like 60ʼs on Saturday ...

doves

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http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Feb/01/Collared20Dove.jpgYesterday, I noticed the return of the collared doves to my feeder, but I can’t claim to feel too happy about it. I have a strong preference for native species and hate to see aliens move in, fearing that they will push the natives out. Thus, while I don’t doubt ...

hackberry

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http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Jan/24/hackberry.JPGI suppose it’s hard to like bark, but I must confess to a certain fondness for hackberry bark. The explanation doubtless lies in the warty nature of the bark, which does not have much aesthetic appeal but can claim an undeniable uniqueness. I don’t deal well with uncertainty, so I ...

feeder visitors

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Who do you want at your bird feeder? I don’t want house sparrows. They’re dingy and aggressive, but I don’t want them because they’re European imports. Of course, I am too, so it’s a clear double-standard, but there you are. At my feeder, I prefer natives. Not that the sparrows ...

oak

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http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Jan/17/oak.JPGWhy don’t oak trees lose their leaves? It’s a handy little trait in the woods because it makes identifying oaks in winter a snap -- they’re the ones covered in dried up old leaves still clinging desperately to the branches. But it’s such a nuisance around the home. My front ...

so many birds

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What’s with all the flocking? Everywhere I go, I seem to see big flocks of something. The groups of Canada geese don’t surprise me. I know many hang around all year and others start moving north very early in the year. However, I’ve noticed lots of snow geese lately, as ...

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