Monday, August 13, 2018

Eastern grey squirrels

It occurred to me recently that while Sciurus carolinensis has appeared in several posts on Flyover Country, I'd never actually devoted a post to the eastern grey squirrel specifically—an egregious oversight. Greys were the common squirrel of my Maryland boyhood, and later, in Georgia, my primary quarry for my first three years in falconry.

So we packed our bags and hopped the first flight we could find to the East Coast, pitching up in Washington, where we knew the squirrels would be both abundant and photogenic.

Okay, so that's not exactly how our trip came to pass, but the District of Columbia's squirrels were fantastically cooperative. Enjoy a few of the many photos Jessa and I took in the course of an afternoon's stroll...though, at six miles, I think we can fairly call it a hike.

Tidal Basin

Seven views of the Tidal Basin, from a brief late-July visit to Washington, DC.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Just a cicada

The cherry nose, brown baker, redeye, greengrocer, yellow Monday, whisky drinker, double drummer, and black prince are all species of Australian cicada. (Thanks, Wikipedia.)

I usually consider myself a halfway-decent naturalist, but "an annual cicada" is about as far as I can go for this Nebraska specimen photographed by Jessica. Hey, at least I don't call it a locust.

A few midsummer wildflowers

[Close to home, in rural Lancaster County, I'm accustomed to seeing hoary vervain (Verbena stricta) at busy gravel-road junctions, covered in a layer of fine silty dust. So it was refreshing to find these populations in Antelope County, all fresh and clean, a wildflower. Jessica and I don't grow this in our prairie garden, but I think we're going to start.]

[With grey-headed coneflower, Ratibida columnifera.]

[Black-eyed Susans, Rudbeckia hirta.]

[Common milkweed, Asclepias syriaca.]

[Leadplant, Amorpha canescens.]

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Taking the waters

White-tailed deer having an evening dip in Verdigre Creek. Photos by Jessa.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

The good news about Delmarva fox squirrels

We've posted about Delmarva fox squirrels before. [See previous post. Go ahead, we've got time.] Now, I have good news on two fronts.

First, management efforts (including this nest box) have been successful, and the DFS was de-listed in 2015. Huzzah!

Second, we've got new and better pictures! Huzzah!

[See, I told you these were better.

Do we have a bit of an obsession with squirrels here at Flyover Country? Fair to say... We've posted about (in no particular order) eastern chipmunks, chickarees, thirteen-lined ground squirrels, black-tailed prairie dogs, rock squirrels, round-tailed ground squirrels, Yuma antelope squirrels, etc. Click the "squirrels" link below to see 'em all.]