Leave no stone unturned

Let’s start off with another video

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This crayfish was found while turning over rocks in a small stream on the AT.

Also uncovered this red backed salamander

Paula found another friend

She loves walking sticks (the insect type)

Blue Cohosh


Jack in the pulpit fruit

The trail (and the trail queen)

Some have asked what the bear may have been eating in yesterday’s  video. I’m told they eat black cherries and acorns this time of year.

Guess what this guy preferred?

A two headed mushroom – I’ve never seen one of these:

Shagbark hickory 

Its nut in the husk


Squirrels love these (first they chew through the husks)


White oak leaf and acorns


Pretty aster

Round lobed hepatica – one of my favorite spring wild flowers – wish I were here 4 months ago

One parting image

Time for bed, 

Junco

5 comments

  1. Sally · September 22, 2016

    The Blue Cohosh photo is remarkable!

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  2. Marti Rand · September 22, 2016

    It seems like we have a lot of Walking Sticks here. I’m not really sure if it’s truth or fiction, but we’ve been advised that their spray can temporarily blind pets. We have a curious Chihuahua so we relocate them.

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  3. Pat and Marty · September 22, 2016

    Nice video and photos. Did you notice the crayfish was missing one of its front claws? Love the salamander. Was the bear eating cherry or black berry. Seed does not seem large enough for cherry. Love the photos of scat.

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    • kevinhikes · September 22, 2016

      Oh boy, I’ll need to do some more detailed scat analysis tomorrow 😀

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  4. psrand2013 · September 22, 2016

    Glad to see some aquatic species getting the attention they deserve!

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