Trilliums and a Red-bellied Woodpecker: April 2021

I had a look at the upper woods near Wilket Creek hoping that the Trilliums might be in flower.

A few Trilliums were in flower!

White Trillium (Trillium grandiflorum)

The word “trillium” is perfect for this wildflower as it has 3 leaves and 3 petals.

White Trillium (Trillium grandiflorum)
White Trillium (Trillium grandiflorum)

MYSTERY PLANT

At the end of the post, I will identify it.

Other botany:

Manitoba Maple (Acer negundo)
Cursed Crowsfoot (Ranunculus sceleratus)
Butternut (Juglans cinerea)
Silver Maple (Acer sachharinum)
Pussy Willow (Salix discolor)
Coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara)
Ground-ivy (Glechoma hederacea)
Witch-hazel (Hamamelis virginiana)
Crown Gall on Maple
male pollen cones on Norway Spruce
Lesser Celandine (Ficaria verna)
Fluffy Dust Lichen
Blue-beech (Carpinus caroliniana)
Early Meadow-rue (Thalictrum dioicum)
Bitter Cress (Cardamine hirsuta)
Trout-lily (Erythronium americanum)
Spring Cress (also called Toothwort) Cardamine bulbosa
Lesser Celandine (Ficaria verna)
Christmas Fern
Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)
Carving on Beech
May-apple (Podophyllum peltatum)
Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum)
Hop-hornbeam (Ostrya virginiana)
Blue-beech (Carpinus caroliniana)

The feeders in the parking lot always attract birds (and squirrels – I counted 12).

This is the best place to get a close view of the Red-bellied Woodpecker.

Red-bellied Woodpecker (female)
Downy Woodpecker (female) and Red-bellied Woodpecker (female)
Red-bellied Woodpecker (female)
Red-bellied Woodpecker (female)
Red-bellied Woodpecker (female)

Other birds:

Hairy Woodpecker (female)
White-breasted Nuthatch
Blue Jay
Brown-headed Cowbird (female)
Northern Cardinal (female)
Robin with worm

MYSTERY PLANT

The white spots on the leaves resemble water droplets giving the plant its common name of Virginia Waterleaf.

Virginia Waterleaf (Hydrophyllum virginianum)

MAILBOX

A cousin of mine recently made this:

Take 12 minutes and relax while watching this stunning new short film featuring cherry blossoms and drone photography. – By Director Pat Weir 

NATURE POETRY

This is the time we dock the night
Of a whole hour of candlelight;
When song of linnet and thrush is heard—
And love stirs in the heart of a bird.                      – Katharine Tynan (1861–1931)

Miles Hearn

4 thoughts on “Trilliums and a Red-bellied Woodpecker: April 2021

  1. Brian Whitefield

    Miles, please thank and congratulate your cousin for that superb visual meditation of the cherry blossoms. After experiencing that, my mind is truly at peace. That’s a keeper!

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    1. Loretta Guran

      Thank you for the stunning blossom pictures.
      I love your daily posts. I live near Taylor Creek and will look out for these images now. I am new to this field of flora and fauna and am learning so much although I,ve always had an keen interest in this area. I’m curious as to where the parking lot with the bird feeders is. I know of one at Serena Gundy Park.

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  2. Lisa Volkov

    I ALMOST got the mystery plant right. I knew that “water” was part of its name–well, not almost, perhaps, but SOMEWHAT right! God, I love this place. Trilliums, Red-bellied Woodpeckers, and all the other wonderful botanicals and birds beautifully depicted here in your pictures. Thanks, Miles!

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