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Inky Cap Fungi – Fairy parasols

Pleated Inkcap A small group of these tiny fungi appeared on the lawn this morning. I am suggesting Parasola plicatilis, the Pleated Inkcap, as the species because (a) it appears to have the necessary field features and (b) this is the commonest species of the Coprinoid (Inky Cap) group of fungi in this area. Having [...]

2018-09-19T10:22:36+00:00Wednesday, September 19, 2018|

Woodpecker eviction 

Nest-hole Renovations In the front garden there is a large, old and rather magnificent paper birch tree. In fact so magnificent it was a reason we chose to buy this house 20 years ago. The tree has three trunks, one of which has shown signs of rot for a while now and the top [...]

2018-09-16T11:52:50+00:00Friday, September 14, 2018|

Forest Berries #2

Jack-in-the-Pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum) Morgan Arboretum EXIF data Copyright © All images are made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.5 Canada (CC BY-NC-ND 2.5 CA) License … which really just means that you are very welcome to share and use any of these images, but for non-commercial purposes [...]

2018-09-16T09:54:59+00:00Wednesday, September 12, 2018|

Forest Berries #1

White Baneberry (Actaea pachypoda) Morgan Arboretum Not something to be added to your daily fruit requirement but otherwise to be enouraged as our birds are well served by its presence ... the following is lifted from Wikipedia:  "Baneberry contains cardiogenic toxins that can have an immediate sedative effect on human cardiac muscle. The berries [...]

2018-09-16T10:01:12+00:00Wednesday, September 12, 2018|

Teenage Blue Jay has a bath

Teenagers are infamous for their aversion to bathing but tis was a particularly hot and humid early September day and this fellow and his sibling felt they really needed to cool off whatever ... Teenager?  Yes, he/she has most of the adult feathers but the neck and chest are still somewhat "fluffy". Also, at [...]

2018-09-03T15:53:03+00:00Monday, September 3, 2018|

Unusual Garden Birds #1

Passer terracottensis Impaled on metal spikes in the tomato patch, perhaps by larder stocking Shrikes, is a small flockette of Terracotta Sparrows protecting the eyes of unwary gardeners. EXIF data Copyright © All images are made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.5 Canada (CC BY-NC-ND 2.5 CA) [...]

2018-08-26T11:15:07+00:00Sunday, August 26, 2018|

Corpse Plant

Monotropa uniflora Also called the ghost plant, Indian pipe or corpse plant, is a perennial wildflower named from its shape and its pure, pale white colour. Unlike most other plants, this species does not produce chlorophyll, the green pigment used for photosynthesis. As a result, it is completely white (including its stem and scale-like [...]

2018-08-28T13:10:06+00:00Thursday, August 16, 2018|

Morning light – autumn approaches

Summer is closing down from today ... Every year about this date in early August something happens to the morning light in the garden and the air is filled with the sound of Cicadas with their clockwork running down and of young Blue Jays being rude to each other. Summer is starting to put [...]

2018-08-10T16:29:49+00:00Friday, August 10, 2018|

Indigo Bunting – The Scottish Connection

Passerina cyanea - Indigo Bunting During an expedition to the arboretum primarily focussed on high summer forest flowers (yes, there are some) we happened upon an Indigo Bunting singing from a high point of "the branchery" and realised there was another just behind us and a third singing close by. It's not often you [...]

2018-08-28T13:12:50+00:00Thursday, August 2, 2018|

Eastern Comma Butterfly

Polygonia comma - Eastern Comma Butterfly Appeared in the wildlife garden late afternoon and spent some time flying around the pool, settling here and there as it took the fancy. Several times alighted on the bark of a maple tree - see comment below about sap feeeding. Generally uncommon, the Eastern Comma is rarely [...]

2018-07-28T17:15:38+00:00Saturday, July 28, 2018|