Sunday, May 24, 2009

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Friday, May 15, 2009

Mushroom Bonanza

In the last week:

Good old oysters

a couple of morels we missed - now way past edibility

Polyporous umbellatus

Some kind of inky cap

Dryad's saddle

Chicken of the woods -- we took home a small fraction of these and they weighed in at 3.5 lbs!

Sunday, May 03, 2009

Nesting Orioles

We've had a big pile of brush in our fire circle for weeks now, since we cut down all the old flower stalks earlier this spring. In the last couple of weeks it's been attracting all kinds of birds -- robins, starlings, catbirds...but we never dreamed it would attract a pair of Baltimore orioles! They've come back repeatedly over the last couple of days. We have yet to figure out where they're building the nest -- they're definitely flying out of our yard with the materials. One is the male and the other the female. Which one is which?