Leave me a guess in the comments and I’ll check back later with your answer!
We’ve posted this plant before, but not shown its fall berry. Here’s a photo clue with the leaves.
Mile-a-Minute Weed, Persicaria perfoliata, is an invasive plant that grows like the name suggests–very quickly. It also is sometimes called tearthumb or Asiatic Tearthumb, which is a good name with those little thorns. A post we made a year ago in the summer contains links to learn more, but you should be wary if you see this pretty berry and its triangular leaf. And you should pull it before it looks like this:
Or this, covering your native plants like it has on our nearby golf course.
It’s sad, because under that mess were some nice blackberry bushes.
The rain is taking down all our leaves–but we squirrels are very glad to have it! A wet woods seems to be a safe woods. Here’s a look at the last of our fall color–the red oak trees!- on the golf course from an explore Hickory and I took a few days ago.
These aren’t the sharpest photos, but I must admit both Nutmeg and I had to run for cover and were shaking more than a little when we nearly bounded into the path of this hawk on the golf course.
Question is, what kind of hawk is it? Can any of you humans make out the markings well enough you have a better guess than we do? (Yes, we’re also admitting this is a mystery for us!)
I’ll check back in later to see what guesses you have!
Well folks, we don’t have a firm identification on this one. Our best guess is the bird is a Northern Harrier. We studied Cornell’s Lab of Ornithology page on the Northern Harrier and like the match of the V-shped wings as it glides and the black wingtips. There is a hint of a white rump patch in the flight photos. Possibly this bird was a juvenile and didn’t have all his white feathers there? The male Northern Harrier does have a white underside.
Don’t know if you humans got the notice, but Nutmeg has decided the end of the month we will close the blog down for the winter. Ol’ Wally here decided to start taking his break a little early. After all, how much longer will we have these warm fall days? They make it pretty easy for this old squirrel to take a ramble across the golf course.