In addition to bird sightings in the holler this week, I happened across some other amazing life forms: a red eft, a resting eastern tailed-blue butterfly, and a rather large colony of violet wood sorrel:
The red eft is the juvenile land-dwelling stage of the eastern newt. I nearly stepped on this one during my holler walk. The green object to the left of its left hind leg is a needle from an eastern hemlock.
Eastern tailed-blue (Cupido comyntas) on 2 May 2013. [Photo credit: Cathie Bird]
Violet Wood Sorrel (Oxalis violacea) on 2 May 2013. [Photo credit: Cathie Bird]
I thought I might be seeing early leaves for this species on several occasions but could never find them again to check it out. This is a very large colony...hard to miss even from a distance. I hope to get some photos of open flowers when the sun comes out again.
I'm guessing all of this rain will bring a new rush of flowers.