Monday, May 27, 2013

Mama Turkey Vulture comes and goes

Here is a link to a video of the Turkey Vulture nesting under the Guesthouse walkway.

She's a quiet neighbor!


Thursday, May 23, 2013

Turkey Vulture Nesting under Guest House Walkway

 These are Turkey Vulture eggs!  There is a lady vulture nesting under the walkway at the Guest House.   She explodes up out of the sunken patio whenever anyone approaches the house.   I have put up a trail camera.   If we get video of her coming and going, I'll post it tomorrow.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

 Many thanks to Mark Mayfield, of the Kansas State University Herbarium, for identifying the plants at the left, as they appeared on the edge of Jerry's Pond (NE corner of Bird Runner) one autumn day.  The upper plant is in the mustard family, a member of the genus Rorippa, known as a Yellowcress.   The lower one is an aquatic Veronica, perhaps Veronica anagallis-aquatica.

What intrigued me was how the two species companioned each other, all along the pond edge, as shown below. 

Mark's service to the community is outstanding, as he helps us amateurs get to know the natural world!   Thank you, Mark!