|Frost Flower #38- March 3, 2012|
Saturday on Bull Creek started with a 20 degree morning. The frost flowers appeared again, the 38th "blooming" we have recorded this season. Granted that now they are much smaller and less dramatic but considering these same stems started in October, they get points for perseverance.
By noon we were seeing mourning cloak butterflies out for an afternoon stroll. They seemed to be enjoying themselves but were hanging around home, ready to slip back under the bark when it turned cold at sundown. A late afternoon goatweed leafwing butterfly, bright orange against the dead grass, was sunning itself by the wet drainage.
While taking spice bush pictures I startled an American woodcock which was too shy to stay for a picture. Probably it is still embarrassed by its alternate name of "timberdoodle." A shorebird that is frequently found in moist woodlands, it will probably find its worm hunting hard in our rock and clay uplands.