TO~further the knowledge of nature, and encourage protection, and conservation of it.

Thank you to all who inspired me, taught me, and appreciated the sharing of my photos and information. My passion for God's creation has grown immensely and I am grateful to have had the opportunity to grow and to continue to grow...


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Friday, April 27, 2012

I love snakes~

I was out practicing with my large butterfly net, so when I go to WV to capture leps for photographing for the Atlas, I don't waste time in practice. IT'S HARD to capture these guys even with a huge net! but this is what I came up with so far;

Cabbage White (Pieris rapae) was my first capture. After several minutes flying around like a bat out of hell, or a butterfly trying to escape a nutty lady with a net...it settled down enough to sit on my finger. I was so excited and nervous it was going to fly away before I got a pic ( so people would believe me) I didn't really take the time to get a fabulous photo, but here is what I got;

Then the Red Admirals, well I think they are really hard to get, as their flight pattern, very sporatic and appears to have no pattern at all, well it's just so fast and furious.. but low and behold, I captured a 
He/she was tattered and torn, and after flying around the box like mad, finally allowed me to hold it too.

I saw a Swallow tail butterfly head down to the creek, so I decided to follow it, since I know the males "puddle" while they wait and watch for females. On my way down the path to the creek, wallah
I near stepped on an Eastern Garter snake, what a beauty.
Small little one, maybe 12- 18 inches.

it was very tolerant of me at first, allowing me to carry it around and "play" with it a bit

but then

it began to get annoyed, and actually lunged at me mouth agape
trying to bite me, I of course let it go at that point.. 
I sure didn't want to upset it anymore or make it have a no good very bad day...
it had a small injury I noticed after I got the photos downloaded. I hope it will 
be ok! 

such a pretty thing, so very tiny...just about 1.5cm wing span
a MOTH ! mind you... in the daytime! 
I read that there are moths that like daylight, but most prefer 
the dark.

FUN times on Robin's Nest Acres...
more to come

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Tuesday's birds

this morning I was happy to open my eyes to some nice bright sunshine. I thought, hah! a great day to get outside and 
practice with my butterfly net.
I saw the feeders were busy with birds, so I grabbed my nikon
and began snapping...

Female Downy Woodpecker~

Song Sparrow, keeping warm

Chickadee awaiting his turn at the seeds

Sunday, April 22, 2012

I was excited when I was invited to join the lepidoptera class
training for collecting data for the 
West Viriginia Butterfly Atlas.

Sue Olcott (left) our trainer for the day, preparing the voucher
cards for us to record our findings.

Nice collection of lepidoptera to view and

Sue conversing with some of us ... 
can't wait to get started! 

It was a fun, informative and interesting day. I received my butterfly net, photography jar,
reference books, vouchers,pamphlets, training handbook, butterfly holder forceps
and training, and am ready to get started. 
I think I will practice outside here on the farm a bit before I venture out into a wilderness
with a huge net and no idea how to use it...

Sunday, April 15, 2012

birds around the farm~

American Robin

Red Bellied woodpecker~female

see her red belly?

Red winged black bird~male



Saturday, April 14, 2012

today on the farm~micro lens practice

I found one of the most amazing photographers on bugguide, and went to his website and was speechless...so I began reading more and more and more about how to get that photo...and I had a small breakthrough, so here are my results so far...I am excited, and encouraged, that learning and growing with a hobby can proceed...



more seeds and where they came from...
along with a resident Collembola (springtail <.5mm)

crab apple blossom

Friday, April 13, 2012

today on the farm~

I was so saddened to see my neighbor mow down his 2 acre meadow today...I had been observing the red winged black birds building their nests over there and had wandered over to try to find some and take some photos of what may be in them...I feel if you are going to cut your grass or meadow, you should keep it cut, as that way the meadow beings won't depend on it for habitat...

this is what I came upon today on my farm~ which I am working on building permanent habitat, so no one can change it...

Polistes~ paper wasp
gathering wood for it's nest

a ravine salamander~of special concern
in Pa...
I found three so far!

then some great weeds...

Garlic mustard 

(Alliaria officinale.. new species name...petiolata)

our prized dandelion~most nutritious food
 you could ever comsume!

Chickadee~black capped or carolina
only they know for sure! 

enjoying my new seed cake mix at the new feeder

resting bumble bee~ amazing creature

this is a large one~ 2.5cm
check out those mouth parts! 

Sunday, April 8, 2012

some bird photos with the new "feeder mixure"

they sure love raisins and nuts!

I trimmed a few small branches from the trees where I hang
the feeders, so the photos would be less cluttered and the 
birds more easily seen...
they wept....

I found the titmouse sipping water from the 
tree wound...

waiting for the next drip

then of course there is always 
a stick em up hold up for the bestest peanut

and what's a feeder without the cardinal 

"who said you could take my picture?"

and the turkey vultures overhead...
7 of them circling and circling...
around and around the house, day and evening...
creepy? yes

I call our town "the new chicago" it's so
windy here anymore...
even the birds don't look quite the same.

wind swept tufted titmouse awaiting his turn 
to get the peanuts.

AND A GUST of wind, near blew him away...
but those toes hung on tight...

alfalfa nuthatch got his nut...
and he is so proud...

chickadee patiently waits for the wind
to slow down so he can fly to the feeder
and not crash land...

grackle long necks a peak at the feeder too, 
hoping there will be some left when 
the stupid human leaves...