Just some sights from the past week.
First spotted by Michelle Kloda as she headed off to Build it! Bamboo one day last week, a Trapdoor Spider. Trapdoor Spiders spend most of their time in a hole in the ground waiting for prey to come walking by. They build a hinged, silken lid to top off the hole which they pop open to reach out and grab any unsuspecting prey that wanders by.
Tiny mites caused the growths on these leaves.
As I approached the Restrooms in Explore the Wild I heard a rhythmic drumming sound coming from the building. I looked up and there a was Downy Woodpecker pounding away on the rake board of the structure, just above the water fountains.
Meanwhile, down by the water, dragonflies patrol.
And green herons perch.
Red-shouldered Hawks have had a nest on the north section of our 84 acre campus this season. I often see the adults flying back and forth to the nest on their hunting excursions.
That’s enough excitement for one day!