Archives for the month of: April, 2013

P1020266Viola primulifolia L.

Forb/herb; perennial

Native: L 48

Blooming:  March, April, May, white

Location:  Landing, Womack Creek Campground

Violets attract pollinators as butterflies.  Ants prefer the oily coating of the seeds, eating only the coating and discarding the seed.  This aids in seed dispersal since the removal of this coating allows more seeds to germinate.   This is what is called a mutualistic relationship.

P1020154-003Polygala nana (Michx.) DC

Forb/herb, annual

Native: L 48

Blooming:  April, yellow

Location:  Womack Creek Campground

P1020268Hypoxis curtissii

Fort/herb; perennial

Native: L48

Blooming:  April, May, yellow

Location:  landing, Womack Creek Campground

P1020770Phyla nodiflora

Forb/herb; perennial

Native: L 48, PR, VI

Blooming:  April, May, June, purple

Location:  Landing, Womack Creek Campground

P1020239Itea virginica L

shrub, perennial

Native: L 58

Blooming:  March, April, May, white

Location: N 30 16 97′ W 84 33 540′

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May 25, 2014. This much larger owl (and mate across the creek) remained on the same perch as we went up the creek and down back again. It was much larger than the barred owl seen over a year ago.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Strix varia

18-22 inches long, common in woodlands.  Gray-brown, large liquid brown eyes, streaks (barring) on breast and belly, spotted white back.

Hoot:  hoohoo-hoohoo…hoohoo-hoohooaw, with the “aw” dropping at the close.

Range:  Newfoundland/Quebeck/Saskatchewan to Florida through Texas, in wet or swampy woodlands (also ranged of Red-shouldered hawk). (Peterson)

This photo on 4/13/2013 caught by a solo paddler on the creek.  Owl flapped loudly to a branch about 14 feet downriver from kayaker and while the paddler was fumbling to get to the camera flew over the paddler to a tree just upstream.   Paddler turned upstream and with a strong single stroke paddled under the tree.  The owl turned from facing downriver to upriver where it was caught on camera.   We hear these owls from late afternoon throughout the night while camping at the Womack Creek campground.

Critters.