Today is Earth Day and we are so very fortunate to have beauty all around us. We just need to remember to look to nature and support it in our own backyards. What a difference we can make together!
Here is our Earth Day Parade of flora and fauna.
An uncommon Lincoln's Sparrow was here on the morning of 4-17-19. They're such a pretty little sparrow but not seen here every year.
Ruby-crowned Kinglets are here, sometimes two or three individuals each day.
This male Purple Finch has been at the feeder quite regularly over the past week. The last day that I saw it, it was high in a tree, singing its heart out.
I've been seeing two Hermit Thrushes lately, one worked between the Celandine Poppies, looking for insects while the second took a bath.
Eastern Gray Squirrels are living in a burl of our white oak snag. The young are about to emerge and find their way in the world.
Eastern Chipmunks fill their cheek pouches with seed from under the feeder. Where does it have room for water?
The new leaves of the Virginia Creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia) have a rich and ruddy tinge to them.
Yellow-rumped Warblers have finally started coming in to the Bubbler. Today, one took an early splash.
I happened to see the birds scatter and hear the Northern Cardinals making their 'tick-tick-tick' alarm call when this Cooper's Hawk flew in. It went after a squirrel, which escaped, and the bird flew elsewhere hoping for a meal.
An early arrival on Easter Sunday was this Nashville Warbler. Typically, they do not reach the southern border of the state until the third week of April. It popped in to look at the Bubbler and kept on going.
A Red Admiral butterfly chose Common Violets to nectar on.
My first sighting of a Nessus Sphinx Moth was also on Easter Sunday. 4-21-19. Two years ago, they were also nectaring at the Virginia Bluebells (Mertensia virginica).
Today, a male Three-toed Box Turtle was methodically moving through the woodland. It is the first male I've recorded here.
The Bubbler is ready for "all and sundry" as the Brits say. Yes, we'll take them ALL! Every bird is welcome.
Dan checked the Trail Cam and found this video clip. He slowed it down so we could get a better look at this fast moving creature that was captured on 4-12-19. It sure looks like a mink to us!
One last treat, a short video for you to view.
Happy Earth Day!