Sunday, April 3, 2016

Backyard Bioblitz for March and April

house in spring
Our backyard bioblitz has come to an early end. We are headed north to Minnesota for my new job at Voyageurs National Park. We've known about the move for a while,
our house for sale
but now it's all too real. The movers have come to pack up our stuff and tomorrow they load it into a van and move it north. We have not closed on our home yet, but I hope the next owner enjoys the backyard and all the organisms that call it home as much as we do. I know that I especially love our backyard this time of the year, when the dogwoods are in bloom.
backyard

Birds:
  • Northern cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis
  • American robin Turdus migratorious
  • European Starling Sturnus vulgaris
  • red bellied woodpecker Melanerpes carolinus
  • blue jay Cyanocitta cristata
  • mourning dove Zenaida macroura
  • house finch Caprodacus mexicanus
  • American goldfinch Carduelis tristis
  • yellow-rumped warbler Setophaga coronata
  • downy woodpecker Picoides pubescens
  • Northern mockingbird Mimus polyglottos
  • Carolina wren Thryothorus ludovicianus 
  • song sparrow Melospiza melodia
  • Carolina chickadee Parus carolinensis
  • tufted titmouse Parus bicolor
  • brown-headed cowbird Molothrus ater
  • cedar waxwing Bombycilla cedrorum
  • American crow Corvus brachyrhynchos
  • Eastern towhee Pipilo erythrophthalmus
  • Northern flicker Colaptes auratus
  • red-tailed hawk Buteo jamaicensis
  • brown thrasher Toxostoma rufum
  • white throated sparrow Zonotrichia albicollis
  • Canada goose Branta canadensis
  • turkey vulture Cathartes aura
  • great horned owl Bubo virginianus
  • chipping sparrow Spizella passerina
Mammals: 
  • Eastern cottontail Sylvilagus floridanus baby bunny
  • gray squirrel Sciurus carolinensis
 Plants: 
  • dandelion Taraxacum officinale
  •  dandelion
  • common blue violet Viola sororia
  •  violets
  • moss phlox Phlox subulata
  •  phlox
  • flowering dogwood Cornus florida
  •  dogwood flowers
  • spotted wintergreen Chimaphila maculata
  •  pipsessewa
  • azalea Ericaceae sp.
  •  azalea
  • Chinese holly Ilex cornuta
  •  Chinese holly
  • yellow wood sorrel Oxalis stricta
  •  yellow wood sorrel
  • jonquil Narcissus jonquilla
  •  Narcissus tazetta
  • barren strawberry Waldsteinia fragarioides
  •  barren strawberry
  • lilac Syringa vulgaris 
  •  lilac 2
  • fleabane  Erigeron sp.
  •  fleabane

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