365 Nature – Day 286

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. This morning I set out through the arboretum hoping to see the deer which has been seen over the last week or so. Which of course is a guarantee I wouldn't see it because I rarely find what I actively look for. It's usually best to just wander. So I was not surprised when I didn't see any deer. But I did run into Larry Hubbell from the Union Bay Watch blog, and he was watching birds in a Pacific...

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365 Nature – Day 285

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. This morning started with a definite autumn chill in the air because the skies were clear overnight. With the prospect of a sunny morning, I opted for a visit to Magnuson Park. I didn't expect to find any dragonflies with the morning temperature in the mid-40's, but I was hoping some ducks and other birds would be easy to find in the quickly shedding trees. It was cool when I arrived, not yet 50 degrees and I set off walking and...

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365 Nature – Day 284

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. There was a mist hanging over Lake Washington this morning as we drove to preschool. As we rounded a corner I caught sight of a large bird, a Bald Eagle, flying low over the lake near the shoreline we were driving along. A large fish clasped in its talons, the eagle was flying low with a gull overhead and before long the fish slipped from the claws, splashing into the water below. A little further on I spotted the first...

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365 Nature – Day 283

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. We have had a lot of rats in our yard this year. In the past, over the four years we've lived here, I never once saw them in the front yard. I'm sure they ventured there at night to scrounge the fallen seeds from the bird feeders, but we only saw them periodically in the backyard. This year they have exploded and are running around everywhere. I've seen them in our neighbor's apple tree eating apples and blackberries. They've been...

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365 Nature – Day 282

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. I continue to watch my wetland in a bottle and notice changes constantly. Often times, I collect damselfly larvae, daphnia, scuds and other animals, pour them into the jars and never see them again. Whether they're hiding in the vegetation or eaten by predators, I don't know. But a few days ago I noticed something larger in the container, a dragonfly larva. I had put a couple of them in, that I saved from the arboretum algae that had been...

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365 Nature – Day 281

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. Overnight we had a blustery storm that continued blowing into the morning. My initial goal today was to photograph all the different spiders that have taken up residence on and around our front door. But when I opened the door this morning, they were all gone, vanished. I suppose it shouldn't be much of a surprise that those light-weight animals should hide during windy days. Yet I was surprised to find none after having so many different types of spiders,...

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