A Great Week for Raptors

On a Thursday afternoon, I saw Mississippi Kites flying over.  These birds are one of the easiest for me to identify even though they fly high up, because their silhouette is so simple… Continue reading

Two Butterflies, Three Tips, Two Questions

One small, one large, one white, one black — both beautiful!  Two new butterflies for our species list. A few weeks ago,  I went to a butterfly talk and I learned a few… Continue reading

Corn Snake. Maybe.

The other evening I had just settled down on our little dock, glass of wine in one hand and cell phone in the other.  I was enjoying a nice chat with our daughter… Continue reading

A Present

So sometimes you have this puppy who needs a little operation, and then they tell you he can’t run or jump or swim for two weeks, and he has to wear the e-collar… Continue reading

What Do You Mean, Common?

Now that we have lived on the farm almost seven years, I am familiar with a lot of the plants, insects, reptiles, and birds that I see regularly.  But almost every day, I… Continue reading

Ornate Box Turtle

Our dog Harper found a box turtle in the hay pasture this week, which was a very exciting find.  While we have dozens of pond turtles, (tons of Red-eared Sliders, and a few,… Continue reading

Golden-Winged Skimmer

Isn’t that a beautiful name? This is a new dragonfly for me, the 19th species I have been able to identify here.  I am always amazed at the tiny differences that denote different… Continue reading

Curiosity Caught the Skink

During warm weather, I usually see a few skinks on my daily walk.  Mostly I just see a blur of motion, as something about the size and color of an earthworm whisks itself… Continue reading

The Return of the Red-tail

The Red-tailed Hawk was back today, and while I did not get nice sharp pictures like I did the last time it visited, I got some of it taking flight. Hawks show so… Continue reading

Snakes So Far This Year

When my dog, Harper, was younger, she barked indiscriminately at every animal she found.  Then she figured out that if it was a snake, I would make her come away from it, and… Continue reading