Indian Strawberry (Duchesnea indica), May 29, 2011 [photo credit: cathie bird]
Many of these Indian strawberries out now. They look good enough to eat but really aren't that great. In Asia and elsewhere, various parts of this plant are used medicinally. My best hope for good eating is still with the blackberries. Most of the flowers are gone, and, in their place, many berries on the way.
Here's what my observation species "jewelweed1" looked like today:
[photo credit: cathie bird]
All the other tree and plant species I observe are growing along, though not as many pods on the redbud this year. Whatever creatures in the holler eat beech nuts are going to have plenty by the looks of the crop on AmericanBeech1. I wish I could see some close enough to get a photo.
The most numerous butterflies on the holler walk today were the azures. I saw that one of my favorite nature bloggers and tweeters (@dendroica) featured a summer azure probably laying eggs on gray dogwood flowers. In his post, John talks about the identification challenges that azures pose, as I mentioned in my last post. If you are a fan of nature, he's a great person to follow.
I did see one great-spangled fritillary within my observation area today, right up here on my porch. Here's one of my favorite photos from last year:
Great-spangled fritillary (Speyeria cybele), 14 July 2010. [photo credit: cathie bird]
On the holler walk this morning, prominent bird songs were tufted titmouse, white-eyed vireo and a common yellowhtroat. As I've caught up with email and worked on blogs this afternoon, there's been a string of singing visitors: Carolina wren, tufted titmice, cardinals, white-eyed vireo, and what sounded like a sharp-shinned hawk. I've heard that call a lot at this end of the holler the last two weeks or so. Also today, a pileated woodpecker hammering away up on Gobbler Knob...and several calls that I can't yet identify.