Friday, May 6, 2011

what a dandy-lion!

this flower looking weed called a dandelion some were a bright yellow and some were white fuzzy seedlings that could be blown into the wind as the head of this plant. There are millions of these things in yards. The dandelion arrived her from the Europe.They stand about 5'' to 8" tall. The dandelion sprouts out of the grass and points towards the sun. some people use the dandelion root for herbal medicine.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Insect #1

The Crescent Bluet is a very rare and beatiful  damselfly. It was hoovering around me when I seen it. this crescent bluet is black with teal colored stripped markings all over its body.It is about 33mm long and the wingspan is about 38mm. Birds and fish feed on the irish damselfy and it eats other flying insects usually mosquitoes. They enter the world in tiny eggs once they hatch into larve the damselfly crawls around hunting for food under water.

Bird #4

The snowy owl was perched high in a tree with its big yellow eyes staring at me. The snowy owl is white with black bars and spots on its body with a black bill. This owl is about 51-68.5 cm with a wingspan of 137-164cm. the snowy owl weighs about 1134-2000g. These owls feed on mice, rabbits, rats, moles and small birds.Their preditors are mainly wolves and foxes. The females may leave 5 to 8 eggs  the chicks hatch within 32 to 34 days.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Bird #3

I saw this red tailed hawk perched on a cliff. this bird is about 18 to 26 inches long with a wingspan of  38 to 42 inches long. the hawk weighs about 24 to 51 oz. The red tailed hawk is a red brown, cinnamon and pale with a stripped belly and wings. with very large tallons to catch their prey.The female lays about 1 to 5 eggs each year. They feed on mice, rabbits, reptiles and other small birds. They are usually not the prey.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Reptile #2

I seen this little wood frog hopping around on the floor of the woods it blended so well I could barely see it.The frog is a pink,brown,tan and black. The frog has a dark mask around it's eyes ending at it's ear drum. It's about 3.5 to 8.5 cm long. The females lay abut 1000 eggs the larvae then begin to turn into tad poles then to normal frogs with the camouflage.
The frog feeds on insects and spiders. A lot of snakes,birds and raccoons eat these types of frogs.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Reptile #1

I noticed this slimy blue spotted salamander walking towards a little pond. This amphibian is generally black with blue flakes on its sides and limbs. It is about 3.5 to 5.5 inches long and the salamander feeds on insects,spiders,worms and other small invertebrates. The scientific name for the blue spotted salamander is Ambystoma Laterale. One female can lay up to 500 eggs. The larvae begin to grow after they hatch. Not many animals eat salamanders except snakes because of their taste.