Monday, June 30, 2014

Virginia Beach

Matt and I spent two days camping at First Landing State Park in Virginia Beach.  But now it's back to work. 

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Saturday, June 28, 2014


We had a nice visit with my brother and his family.  Short but fun.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Young Things

It's fledgling time of year at the refuge.  These young birds weren't quite sure what to do when I walked up. 

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Plant Identification

These purple flowers shooting up through the Spatterdock are beautiful.  Unfortunately I don't know their name.  I'll have to work harder on my plant identification, a fact which was brought home to me yesterday.  Yesterday I thought I'd grab some plants for my Drawing at the Refuge group.  I walked in with several specimens in hand...including a lovely stalk of Stinging Nettle.  So, I won't do that again...

Friday, June 20, 2014

Busy Days

This week, which began with exam days and ends with vacation days, is very busy.  And it looks like I will be teaching a class this summer after all.  So the mad scramble to rearrange plans begins.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Boat Ride

I spent the day with some friends in New York yesterday.  We started from Philly a little before 3am and I walked back into my house a little after 11pm.  A long day.  We did a lot of the touristy things that I haven't done before.  The weather was pretty much perfect for June, sunny, windy, and hot.

Saturday, June 14, 2014


I had to do a bit of research this morning to identify this plant as Common Milkweed.  I've mentioned before how much I love this plant.  It doesn't seem possible to take a bad picture of it.  I noticed that my last post of this plant was on Father's Day 2012.  One thing my current bird project has made me aware of is the seasonal timing of things.  My weekly walks around the refuge begin to have their own seasons.  June, it seems, is the season of herons and ducklings and milkweed.

Friday, June 13, 2014


I counted 22 ducklings with this mama Wood Duck.  It hardly seems like this little duck could have covered up 22 eggs.  Stay safe little ducks!

Monday, June 2, 2014

A Bit of Summer

The Great Egret is a sure sign of summer at the refuge.  It seems the warblers have moved on and the owl has flown the nest and we are left with the giant birds of summer.