Nature Notes

September 30, 2017

Great Blue Heron eats a large catfish

Filed under: Birds — Tags: — Harold Stiver @ 6:00 am
Great Blue Heron with a catfish

Great Blue Heron with a catfish

It can be amazing to watch a Great Blue Heron catch and eat a large fish. After catching the fish with a lightning strike, it brought it to a shallow spot where it proceeded to strike it repeatedly, impaling it each time. No doubt it wanted to make sure there would be no movement of the victim when swallowed and a possibility of a severe injury from the fishes fin spines. It would also serve to help digest the prey, a formidable project involving masses of scales and bones.

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September 28, 2017

Forry’s Mill Covered Bridge, Pennsylvania

Filed under: Covered Bridge,Pennsylvania — Tags: , — Harold Stiver @ 6:00 am

 

Forry's Mill Covered Bridge, Pennsylvania

Forry’s Mill Covered Bridge, Pennsylvania

When Built: 1869

Builders: Elias McMellen

Description: The bridge is named after the Forry family who lived in a property nearby and it is still active to vehicle traffic.

This is part of a series on Pennsylvania’s Covered Bridges. You can find an index here.

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September 27, 2017

Ball’s Woolen Mill Ruins: Ontario’s Old Mills

Filed under: Mill,Ontario — Tags: , , — Harold Stiver @ 6:00 am
Ball's Woolen Mill Ruins: Ontario's Old Mills

Ball’s Woolen Mill Ruins: Ontario’s Old Mills

John and George Ball were awarded this land as soldiers loyal to the British in the American Revolution. They built a five story grist mill at the lower of two waterfalls in 1809 and added a woolen mill near the Upper Falls in about 1840. The Niagara Conservation Authority purchased the property in 1962.

 

Ball's Woolen Mill Ruins: Ontario's Old Mills

Ball’s Woolen Mill Ruins: Ontario’s Old Mills

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Ontario's Old Mills


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September 26, 2017

Lockport Covered Bridge, Ohio

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Lockport Covered Bridge, Ohio

Lockport Covered Bridge, Ohio

 When Built: 1999

Builders: SSOE Group

Description: his bridge replaced an old steel structure and was constructed without the use of steel I-beams.

Lockport Covered Bridge, Ohio

Lockport Covered Bridge, Ohio

This is part of a series on Ohio’s Covered Bridges. You can find an index here.

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September 25, 2017

Indian Paintbrush, Castilleja coccinea

Filed under: Flowers,Long Point — Tags: — Harold Stiver @ 6:00 am
Indian Paintbrush, Castilleja coccinea

Indian Paintbrush, Castilleja coccinea

One of my favorite wildflowers is Indian Paintbrush, Castilleja coccinea, sometimes known as Painted Cup. The beautiful red portion is actually a bract, while the flower is a smaller yellow green portion at the top. The best spreads I’ve seen are in sandy soil like there is in Long Point, Ontario.

Indian Paintbrush, Castilleja coccinea

Indian Paintbrush, Castilleja coccinea

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September 24, 2017

Wilkins Mill Covered Bridge, Indiana

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Wilkins Mill Covered Bridge, Indiana

Wilkins Mill Covered Bridge, Indiana

When Built: 1906

Builders: William Hendricks

Description: Still open to traffic, this bridge has the white portals and barn red sides typical of many Indiana bridges. It was named after a mill that was used to be at the site.

Wilkins Mill Covered Bridge, Indiana

Wilkins Mill Covered Bridge, Indiana

 

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September 23, 2017

Eilean Donan Castle, Scotland

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Eileen Donan Castle, Scotland

Eilean Donan Castle, Scotland

The original castle was built in the 13th Century and was destroyed in April 1719 by bombardment of the English Navy as it was occupied by Jacobite Rebels. It was rebuilt between 1919 and 1932 and has been filmed in many movies.

 

Eileen Donan Castle, Scotland

Eilean Donan Castle, Scotland


Eileen Donan Castle, Scotland

Eilean Donan Castle, Scotland

Eileen Donan Castle, Scotland

Eilean Donan Castle, Scotland

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September 22, 2017

Keniston Covered Bridge, New Hampshire

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Keniston Covered Bridge, New Hampshire

Keniston Covered Bridge, New Hampshire


When Built: 1882

Builders: Albert Hamilton

Description: This bridge is unusual in that it has almost no sideboards and the town trusses are well shown.

This is part of a series on new Hampshire’s Covered Bridges. You can find an index here.

 

Keniston Covered Bridge, New Hampshire

Keniston Covered Bridge, New Hampshire

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