April 5th, 2009

woods, Elizabeth, camera, April

80 Acres: Cactus Flowers, etc.

Yesterday, Karen and I walked out on the land and discovered that the lace cactus was in full bloom: pictures are up at http://www.80acresonline.org/blog/

We also saw monarch and other butterflies (including the Cloudless Sulphur feeding from the lace cactus flowers), heard and saw white-eyed vireos, white-crowned sparrows, red-tailed hawk, and black-chinned hummingbirds--male and female both, feeding on the coral honeysuckle in the SW meadow.

Other wildflowers (sparse, but there) included blue-eyed grass, prairie verbena, bluebonnets, parralena (small yellow flower), Texas star (larger yellow flower),  tansy ragwort, (smaller yellow flower),  bladderpod (very small yellow flower), gorgeous bladderpod (bigger flowers than plain bladderpod), (blackfoot daisy, rusty-blackhaw viburnum (different individual than last Sunday.)