S is for Squirrels!

Yes, folks, squirrels.

And everything we love–

Big oak trees,

Acorns,

Leaf nests,

Birdfeeders,

Sunning on your decks

Running on the golf course.

This is our squirrel world and we love it.

 You see, today is Earth Day.

We hope you love your world, too. Maybe you’ll take care of it for all of us?

Happy Earth Day!

 

One of Nature’s Mysteries to Solve

Hey there!

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.

Mystery #144

Mystery #144

Mystery #144

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!

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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.

Thanks for playing along!

One of Nature’s Mysteries to Solve

Hey there!

Here’s a close up of part of a native plant.

Mystery # 142

That’s the only hint I’m giving for this week’s mystery!

See you later!

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Does this help any?

Common Milkweed Pod

Or this?

Common Milkweed seeds

Our close up is the seeds of a Common Milkweed, lined up in their pod before the wind and weather have lifted them by the fluff and blown them to a new growing location.

Common Milkweed growing on Reston National Golf Course

Monarch butterflies and other insects are lucky enough to have stands of milkweed on the Reston National Golf Course and many other open space meadows in Reston.

Thirsty Thursday

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.

Pond in fall

 

Beautiful view.

W is for Weeping Willow

The Weeping Willows are past blooming in northern Virginia, but this was such a beautiful tree, we wanted to sow if off.

weeping willow

Long graceful branches. Nothing a squirrel can get some traction for leaping on, but loose and flowing and interesting if you like variety in your trees.

And we do!