Nursery Web Spider
Funny I found this "nursery web" spider protecting it's babies in the egg sack!
A stream-loving bird that is an indicator of a healthy stream eco-system!
A chameleon-like native tree frog (it changes color!) that is in my top two favorite frog calls that I've heard so far in Virginia.
A sweet and beautiful harbinger of spring in.... February (when it's indeed needed!).
How much walk can a Woodcock walk if a Woodcock could spot worms? WELL, Let me show you the cutest and weirdest bird walk that I've found so far...
I am not afraid of mice. But when I see a mouse? NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE. I can't decide which is worse, how my chickens poop anytime anywhere everywhere, or how a mouse does.
Basically this little bird is my BFF around the house all year long.
The coloring of this sparrow varies greatly across North America, so learning it's song is also a good way to tell it apart from others.
You know how they say not to lick toads? Well don't lick this one: it secretes a noxious compound from the warts on its back which can be lethal to small mammals. AND this toad also sometimes plays dead.
These little warblers like tangled vegetation near marshes or wetlands, which is why I spotted one near a creek amongst all the tangly Witchhazel and Brook Alder.