Monthly Archives: November 2010

Oakleaf Hydrangea – Hydrangea quercifolia – Added to USWildflowers Database

Oakleaf Hydrangea, a native species, has been added to the USWildflowers database (11/27/2010.)  Scientific name is Hydrangea quercifolia.  It is the state wildflower of Alabama.  Photo below was taken Reflection Riding in Hamilton County, TN on Aug 28, 2010. 

Oakleaf Hydrangea - Hydrangea quercifolia

Oakleaf Hydrangea - Hydrangea quercifolia

Tulip Poplar – Liriodendron tulipifera – Added to USWildflowers Database

Tulip Poplar, a native species, has been added to the USWildflowers database (11/26/2010.)  Scientific name is Liriodendron tulipifera.  It is also known by the common names Yellow Poplar, Tuliptree, and Tulip Magnolia.  Photo below was taken The Pocket at Pigeon Mountain in Walker County, GA on May 13, 2008. 

Tulip Poplar, Yellow Poplar, Tuliptree, Tulip Magnolia - Liriodendron tulipifera

Tulip Poplar, Yellow Poplar, Tuliptree, Tulip Magnolia - Liriodendron tulipifera

Eastern Wahoo – Euonymus atropurpureus – Added to USWildflowers Database

Eastern Wahoo, a native species, has been added to the USWildflowers database (11/26/2010.)  Scientific name is Euonymus atropurpureus.  It is also known by the common names Burningbush, Spindle Tree, and Indian Arrow-Wood.  Photo below was taken in the Mountain Cove Farm area of Walker County, GA on Oct 30, 2010. 

Burningbush, Eastern Wahoo, Spindle Tree, Indian Arrow-Wood - Euonymus atropurpureus

Burningbush, Eastern Wahoo, Spindle Tree, Indian Arrow-Wood - Euonymus atropurpureus

Cedar Waxwing #birds

We enjoyed the Cedar Waxwings (Bombycilla cedrorum) cavorting in our trees yesterday, with a lot of action seen out our living room picture window.  The Waxwings were joined by robins, starlings and grackles feasting on the Bradford pear berries, with a yellow-bellied sapsucker (I think!) scurring up and down the trunks.  Chickadees, titmouses, and nuthatches were on the feeders, while mourning doves scoured the ground underneath.  Here is one of the Cedar Waxwings.

Cedar Waxwing - Bombycilla cedrorum

Cedar Waxwing - Bombycilla cedrorum