Monday, June 6, 2011
Spring (Summer!) In The Valley
Scibner's Panic Grass (Panicum oligosanthes) -left
and Porcupine Grass (Stipa spartea) -right
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It's Spring in the valley here for sure now...in fact summer is more the feel. On the tallgrass there is still some catch up in forbs but they're catching up fast. I was just on an area prairie yesterday morning and the Prairie Phlox, Purple American Vetch, Canada Anemones and Hoary Puccoon were all hitting stride. I'm seeing the Scribner's Panic Grass and the Porcupine Grass setting fruit here on our remnant pasture now also.
Blue-eyed Grass (Sisyrinchium campestre) from the
remnant pasture here.
I usually am able to gauge everything here by the Fringed Puccoon and the Blue-eyed Grasses, but they were both later than I've ever recorded them this year (about 12 days late), but they are in record number here - very fun to see! I'm not sure what causes the different variations in the Blue-eyed Grass but they are generally almost white to very pale blue here, yet this year I had 40-50% blue to dark blue...interesting!
I recorded some of the noise in the neighborhood here a couple weeks back, and although they're still singing, aside from the neighborhood Coyotes - some of the frog voices have changed; the Toads and Leopard and Chorus Frogs have finally finished and the Cricket and Copes Gray Tree Frogs are taking over! I'm trying to find a good time to record them as well but here is our "Spring in the Valley" chorus for you to listen to!
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Stay busy and hope to see you in the tallgrass!