Getting Started

redbud
The young redbud tree near the cabin on the Wild Hermits property.

Hey! Today I made a few pages for this site, including one for Sightings, which is on the main menu, and some sub-pages on birds and mammals I’ve seen since I’ve been coming out to the Hermits’ Rest. That’s been since 2011, the year of the Big Drought.

I thought I’d also practice writing down what I saw and did each week (you see, I’m there half time; the other half of each week I’m in Austin, leaving my spouse to guard the place).

Bird Sightings, April 6-8

The big excitement of the week was multiple flocks of snow geese going overhead. They flew low enough to easily identify their black wing tips. They also weren’t making all the noise the cranes make, and were lower than cranes tend to be.

I also saw a barred owl that got startled by me and Tyler driving around the back of the property. That was cool, since it was daylight. There are still lots of hawks around, including the interesting harrier, who flies low along the pastures, looking for mice (I identified this one by the white patch near the tail–it’s really distinguishing for those birds).

Other than that, we have the scissor-tail flycatchers, red-wing blackbirds, barn swallows, and cardinals making up most sightings around the house. The usual field sparrows and white-crowned sparrows are in the fields, and the white egret and blue heron fly from tank to tank.

Plant Notes

Someone at the Master Naturalist party was talking about milkweeds and wondering who had them, so I was glad to see a few of those elk-horn ones out in the middle pasture.

I need to get a picture of the blue-eyed grass, because it’s been spectacular this year, probably moreso than the bluebonnets, which are there, but not in as much abundance as in other years. It’s been rather wet.

I did get a photo of the red bud tree over by the cabin. I has some of the deepest color I’ve seen. I’m pretty sure it’s not one of the pale pink kind that grow in the woods.

Animal Sightings

Mandi says she saw a bobcat a couple of times this week. Hooray!

So, this is the kind of thing I hope to do weekly, with other posts when special things happen. I hope you enjoy the blog!

 

 

Author: Sue Ann (Suna) Kendall

The person behind The Hermits' Rest blog and many others. I'm a certified Texas Master Naturalist and love the nature of Milam County. I manage technical writers in Austin, help with Hearts Homes and Hands, a personal assistance service, in Cameron, and serve on three nonprofit boards. You may know me from La Leche League, knitting, iNaturalist, or Facebook. I'm interested in ALL of you!

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