Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Critters Everywhere

There was something at every turn at the park yesterday:

Could hear this fella before we saw him. I think it's a Hairy Woodpecker
because its bill is larger than the almost identical Downy Woodpecker.

Sophie met up with Steve and his 'pack' of 10 dogs (he's a dog-walker).
She loves seeing him because he calls out her name and gives her special attention.

This little fella is called the 'Woolly Bear Caterpillar' which will very soon
turn into an 'Isabella Tiger Moth'. Click on the link below if you wish to learn more:

And last but not least we found these very soft 'feline-type toes'........
Pussy Willows.


  1. I love petting woolly bear caterpillars and pussy willows!

  2. Looks like Sophie's among friends. I love those soft little catkins.

  3. Wonderful photos, Jim! It's just buzzing with excitement out there, isn't it? Spring is in the air. I ran across a 'Woolly Bear Caterpillar' this weekend. I was surprised because I didn't know they're around this time of year. They are awfully cute. The one I saw was crossing a road, and I picked it up and placed it in a safer place. The idea of it being stepped on, or crushed by the wheel of a car really upset me.

  4. You're making me homesick, Jim! The hairy woodpecker, the woolly bear caterpillar, and the pussy willows! Oh how I miss those ~ we don't have them here! Pussy willows most go all. They were always one of my favorite harbingers of spring! Have a happy day, Jim!

  5. Someone else just posted one of woolly bears. A cute bug, indeed. And pussywillows! Ah, Sweden must be full of them this time of year.

  6. I used to live in a town that had a woolly bear contest every year. I think it was for the largest woolly bear.


  7. I do love the signs of spring, but had no idea those little woolly bears were out already -- I do love the pussy willows, I don't have any around here and and miss them from our time in Alaska.

  8. I haven't seen any wooly bears yet. Lots of birds though. Nice for Sophie to meet up with the dog walker and his pack!

  9. Hi Jim, greetings from Northern Ontario. I'm just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

  10. I am totally bummed I missed the pussy willows this year. Thanks for sharing yours! Aloha


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