Here are a few Gault views from the last few weeks...
Oaks (Quercus sp.) showing off their fall colors. 24-NOV-12
Our first hard frost, as recorded by the frostweed (Verbesina virginica) 11-DEC-12
A honey bee (Apis mellifera), showing off all four wings. Normally, the smaller wings are tucked under the larger. 13-DEC-12
Turkeys (Meleagris gallopavo) showing off. 18-DEC-12
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Friday, October 12, 2012
Monday, September 24, 2012
The herd has been hanging out near the tent frequently, not seeming to mind us going about our business around them. We have had above-normal rain in the region, but the site remains fairly dry (except for the water table in the deep pit, of course).
Saturday, September 1, 2012
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Freckles was having none of that... (sorry about the annoying background noise)
Inside the tent, a female Black-chinned hummingbird tired herself out, and took a brief nap before taking off into the blue sky.
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
This afternoon at lunch, quite a commotion arose in the big pecan. First a couple of tufted titmice began flying erratically and tweeting incessantly. They were soon joined by three or four black-crested titmice and a summer tanager. The focus of their attention was the crotch between two large branches. It seems that there was an intruder in the tree. This small Texas rat snake was hiding its head from all the harassment.
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Sunday, May 20, 2012
Even though it's more than a month away, we seem to have settled into a summer weather pattern already. Dry days are slowly lowering the water table again, so the deep units can go down; good news for digging, not so good for farming. The summer tanagers (photos in 'Birds') have reared their young and abandoned the nest at the picnic pecan tree, and the green is losing its grip to the summer browns. Saw a few new snakes this spring (I should be getting a coral snake photo at some point from the Hampsters). Here's a small Texas rat snake that was outside the tent a few weeks back.
Sunday, May 13, 2012
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
May has arrived! The prairie coneflowers, aka Mexican hats (Ratibida columnifera) have taken over the valley, the Hampsters have taken over the tent, and we have a new calf thanks to Freckles.
Hampster Laura Jefferson shared this photo of Mexican hats at Gault.
Sunday, April 15, 2012
The Virginians are in town for a few weeks, and thanks to the explosive thistle crop this year, we're learning all about butterflies (mostly from catching and releasing them from the tent). The arthropods page is quickly filling up with the colorful winged creatures.
Sunday, April 8, 2012
Sunday, April 1, 2012
Saturday, March 17, 2012
They're not the best shots, but I finally got the red-shouldered hawk on camera. This one lit near the tent, so I was able to get this pic before it took flight (usually it takes off before you can get the camera aimed), and one in flight, which is posted on the birds page.
Friday, March 16, 2012
Saturday, March 10, 2012
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Monday, March 5, 2012
Monday, February 20, 2012
Signs of an early spring at Gault: blooms on the wild plum tree (Prunus mexicana) on the lane (photo forthcoming), and a snapping turtle (Chelydra serpentina). I was investigating the presence of a handful of turkey vultures (Cathartes aura) milling about the creek near the bridge, and noticed the decomposed remnants of an unidentified small mammal (opposum-sized) laying partially submerged on the edge of the creek. It was possibly a victim of the recent high water event. I was trying to identify it when I noticed movement beneath it in the water. Snapping turtles are 'vultures' of the underwater world, and this one was scavenging a meal. Unfortunately, I was only at the site to check on the pumps today, and I left my camera at home. Maybe the meal will last a few more days...
Saturday, February 11, 2012
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Sunday, January 15, 2012
The great blue made a lot of noise taking off from the pond. Must have been annoyed by all of the ducks. Unfortunately, I still haven't been able to get close enough to get a good identification shot on any of the ducks (my small camera doesn't have much of a zoom). There are at least three species, though, one of which is posted in 'birds'. It may be a female canvasback, but the sunset lighting makes it difficult to tell.