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Meet a Killdeer October 14, 2010

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Killdeer

You’ll see a lot of Killdeer in Louisa County during the summer. They like gravel roads and parking lots and will nest right next to the road. They have a loud piercing call that sounds like kill-deer or dee-dee-dee. I hear the latter more often.

Most Plovers commute between the Artic Circle and the Gulf of Mexico. Killdeer summer in the continental US and Canada. During the summer they are the only Plovers to be seen, however you should like twice during the sping and fall, since other Plovers may be passing through.

Cotter: A Singular Town October 11, 2010

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Cotter Town Hall

Normally one has to choose between living in town and keeping a horse in the back yard. However, there are very small towns where that isn’t true. Cotter is one of them.

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Great Nature Pics October 9, 2010

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For the past year or so I’ve been following Randy Roberts’s photoblog “the Trail.” After a short time off, he’s come back with some wonderful nature pictures. Click here for the first picture in the series. Then click on the red numbers on his calendar to see the rest.

New England Aster October 7, 2010

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New England Aster

New England Asters have added touches of Lavender to our roadsides since mid-August. They like moist ground, so they do well beside the road. The flower heads are 1 to 2 inches across with small oval leaves that clasp the stem in clusters. Most are 3 to 4 feet tall.

Giant Sunflower October 4, 2010

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Giant (Tall) Sunflower

For the last several weeks great patches of sunflowers have gilded our Louisa County roadsides. Although common sunflowers have bigger flower heads, the sunflowers in the picture are known as Giant Sunflowers, Helianthus giganteus, because of their height. (They can be up to 12 feet tall.) Most of the plants (more…)

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