A female Pileated Woodpecker seen hard at work foraging for insects by tearing the bark off the old oak trees in front of Audubon House. Her raucous pounding and all the debris falling to the ground were hard to miss, which made her easy to find. Dryocopus pileatus about to fly away.
Not looking obviously comfortable but it must be to this Eastern Gray Squirrel who found a spot to relax using the perch on the large bird house outside of Audubon House at the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area (ORCA). It probably helps that he is near two large bird feeders in which the messy birds are always dropping seeds from much to the squirrel’s benefit.
A rather formidable looking but harmless spider, Leucauge argyra, has taken up residence in the Audubon House vegetable garden, a demonstration garden of the square-foot gardening technique. This spider is welcomed in most gardens since the species eats mainly insects harmful to plants and people, especially mosquitoes, which makes for the best natural pest control. Leucauge argyra is noted for being colonial with others of its species building nests nearby. This one particular individual appears to be alone at the […]
The Florida heat can make anyone lethargic and so it is at the big Paper Wasp nest at Audubon House at the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area (ORCA). The wasps seem to spend the hottest part of the day, even though they are in the shade, which itself is pretty warm cut off mostly from the breeze given the nest’s location in a sort of inverted box attached to the wall, moving as little as possible. I can completely relate. Besides […]