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.
Thanks for playing along!
Here’s a close up of part of a native plant.
That’s the only hint I’m giving for this week’s mystery!
See you later!
Does this help any?
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.
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.
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.
You humans may not believe it, but we’ve still got a few pond animals out on these nice days we’re having.
The Eastern Painted Turtle is one of these stubborn fellows that keeps coming out to bask. Why you may ask? For as strange as it sounds, this species has blood that is almost like antifreeze in human cars. It tolerates temperature drops—that slow that cold-blooded fellow down—and temperature rises.
The rest of us just get the sniffles when we go through hot and cold changes.