|Look at that, they drive from the front of the bed at a slight angle over the coreopsis, prickly pear and to the back of the bed almost. Fortunately after the big sideswipe incident the bricks on the front of the bed are not mortared anymore.|
|Two times the Critter two times the fun! There are two Green Anole lizards in this picture, one is near the upper right the other is dead center,|
The green Anole is a common but small lizard in North Carolina. They are generally beneficial as they eat insects and such and pose no real threat to humans or live stock. They prefer areas where they have adequate cover such as shrub rows areas with heavy vine growth and in wooded areas. It is a little known fact they can to a limited extent change their skin colors to match or closely resemble their surroundings. Int he image above the two sported differing colors. The one up top is clearly a solid green but the one below was more of a dusty tan. The answer for why is clear, They only became visible after I tore out the Kiwano vines in that bed the one up top was probably living in the vines while the tan one was probably in or near the surrounding lawn area.
|A Red-Cockaded Woodpecker, as seen hopping about at last week's Farmer's Market.|
These native Woodpeckers are known best for causing the rings of pockmarks on wax myrtles and certain other trees and shrubs in North Carolina. This one seemed to be a bit young and seemed unable to fly as he or she hopped between trees rather then flying. The woodpecker was used to people to a point I was within two feet to snap this photo. For note the "red-cockaded" part of this woodpecker's name refers to a red spot on the back of it's head which you can partially see in the picture. Before anyone asks, woodpeckers are generally considered quite beneficial and the rings of pockmarks they make generally are not damaging to the trees they choose.
|I told you I had a resident rabbit!|