Did you participate in Cornell University's Bird Count this year? This was our third year of counting, and it's always fun to keep tabs of just how many different birds visit our yard. We thought we'd do something different on Monday, so instead of just counting the birds around the place, we decided to go to Swope Park and count there. We didn't see many more birds than at home, but it was a lovely outing, crunching through the oak leaves and resting by the lime stone outcrops that are so common around here. Winter time is especially nice to be out in the woods, since there are no ticks, chiggers, or poison ivy to watch out for!
Let's see what we found~ Audrey took the following pictures, which she hopes you enjoy~
Common Teasel (which is known for destroying the organism behind Lyme Disease)
Mile Marker 11 looked like a smiley face to us!
Beavers cut down this tree, but it stuck on another tree, so they didn't get to use it (I bet they were disappointed!)
Treasures from the Woods; we discovered Kentucky Coffee Trees and Bladder Nuts from our finds~
One of many geese who hoped we had some treats for them~
This ring-billed gull flew over and over until he found the perfect fish~
Lake of the Woods
We didn't know there were snails this large here; we're still not sure what kind it is~
The Blue River's Warning Sign~
Dreaming of canoeing the Blue (and hoping to see a Kingfisher)~
The ground near this log was carpeted with chickweed; we could've harvested a bushelful~
Turkey Tail mushrooms (which have been shown to heal breast and other cancers)~ A true gift of the woods!
Thank you for coming along with us; there's always something new to explore and learn!