Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Frost Aster

Here’s a frost aster that finds its niche in an Indianapolis sidewalk.  One of the Symphyotrichum species with white flowers, probably Symphotrichum pilosum but could be Symphyotrichum ericoides or a hybrid of either.   Whatever the species, these white asters are what you find in urbanized areas wherever a respite from lawn mowing happens for a season or two.  Outside the city it’s known as oldfield habitat.  

Pictures taken Nov. 27, 2011.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Bald Eagle at Celery Bog Park

This bald eagle sits on one of the few remaining trees that the Purdue golf course management didn't cut down a few years ago.  Must have been too wet for a guy with a chain saw to get to.

A zoomed up look at the bald eagle.

Link to bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus):

A blue heron on the west shore of Coot Slough at Celery Bog Park.  The other waterbirds are mostly coots with a few mallard ducks too.

Link to Great Blue Heron (Ardia herodias):

A closer look at some coots at Coot Slough.

Link to previous post on coots (Fulica americana) at Celery Bog Park:

All photos taken November 24, 2011.