And now moving completely away from birds…we chattered ourselves silly when we saw this ‘loud-mouth’ frog.
Really, he’s a little garden fountain left high and dry! Stay safe out there this week!
I’ve saved one of the hardest for today. Do you know what this gray bird is?
As usual for a Sunday mystery, I’ll let you guess and check back in later with the answer!
Are these getting harder?
Maybe a little…it depends on what birds you humans have seen around your neighborhoods. It’s a Gray Catbird.
Here’s the female.
Here’s the male.
And I’m giving you humans two chances because this species is found in our area in the winter…They are Dark-eyed Juncos.
Ol’ Wally insisted I post a water-related bird, so here you go!
The Great Blue Heron does have more gray than blue on his feathering.
Ok, obviously they can’t all be completely gray. Maybe this one isn’t too hard because it’s very common. It’s a Mourning Dove.
I’m starting this off right with an all gray back! Need another view?
It’s an American Robin, famous for its blue eggs.
Sorry for skipping your mystery yesterday, but as Nutmeg noted on Saturday, I have a mini quiz lined up for this week. It focuses on…
Birds! Specifically, little gray birds, which can be downright confusing. Here in eastern North America we have a lot of them, so I’ll be posting a series of gray–or grey, if you prefer–birds. See if you recognize the species, then scroll below for an identification.
Can’t wait to get started, so here’s your first bird!
This fellow is pretty common.
It’s a Northern Mockingbird.
Recognize this yellow and black?
This is the caterpillar of the nicely marked Clymene moth we saw a few Sundays ago. Compare them…
And by the way, Hickory will be taking a day off tomorrow form his mystery column, but running a sort of quiz next week.
Walk around a pond and you’re sure to see dragonflies. Have you folks ever noticed some of them eat the smaller damselflies? Dragonflies are predators! Reminds this old squirrel of a miniature hawk.
This here is a favorite of mine, the Eastern Pondhawk–see, Ol’ Wally isn’t the only one thinking hawk! The male is easy to identify if you look for the blue abdomen and green face.
I’m sure you’ll be watching over your shoulder on your next pond stroll!
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