Tag Archives: Amnicola Marsh

#NPOD Wingleaf Primrose-willow #Nativeplants

Wingleaf Primrose-willow – Native Plant of the Day 08/23/2017
Photo from 8/17/2013. Location: Riverwalk, Amnicola Marsh, Hamilton County, TN.
More info / photos at the Ludwigia decurrens detail page.

Wingleaf Primrose-willow, Wingstem Water Primrose, Willow Primrose, Upright Primrose-willow - Ludwigia decurrens

Wingleaf Primrose-willow – Ludwigia decurrens

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Creeping Water Primrose – Ludwigia peploides – Added to USWildflowers’ Database

Creeping Water Primrose, a native species, has been added to the USWildflowers database (07/27/2016.) Scientific name is Ludwigia peploides.  Photo below was taken in Hamilton County, TN on June 18, 2016. Go to the Creeping Water Primrose detail page for more information.

Creeping Water Primrose, Floating Primrose-Willow, Water-primrose - Ludwigia peploides

Creeping Water Primrose – Ludwigia peploides

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Creeping Water Primrose – Ludwigia peploides – at Amnicola Marsh

When I stopped at Amnicola Marsh a few days ago to check on the status of the American Lotus (they were blooming), I noticed a bright yellow blossom on a prostrate red stem in the cracked mud bottom (we are in a drought, and the water level is very low at the Marsh.) Cindy asked what it was, and I told her I thought it was a primrose-willow (Ludwigia species.)

reeping Water Primrose - Ludwigia peploides

I chose to use the Creeping Water Primrose common name for Ludwigia peploides rather than another one commonly used – Floating Primrose Willow – because the drought we’re in had this plant many yards away from being floating.

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Riverwalk #Birding this week – Gadwall, Hooded Merganser, and More…

From time to time my wife claims that I can be obsessive, but I don’t know what she’s talking about.  On a completely unrelated subject, I’ve been to the Chattanooga Riverwalk at least 5 times in the past couple of weeks.  On Mondays I have the privilege of spending the afternoon with two of my home-school grandsons, Chase and Jeff, so this week we walked a couple of miles of the Chattanooga Riverwalk, and then on Tuesday Cindy and I visited the pond next to the Curtain Pole Road parking area of the Riverwalk.  They were a good two days for our birding – we were able to photograph three lifers we’ve seen during these couple of weeks of walking the Riverwalk.  Here are some photos; the Gadwalls and Mergansers are from the pond next to Curtain Pole Road, and the Green-winged Teal was on the pond at Amnicola Marsh.

Hooded Merganser - Lophodytes cucullatus by USWildflowers, on Flickr

The Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus) is pretty shy. This is typical of how it positioned itself.

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Another Visit to Amnicola Marsh #Birding #Wetlands

A doctor’s appointment took me out to the foot of Missionary Ridge on Thursday morning, and since I was out in the vicinity I decided to make another visit to the Amnicola Marsh along the Chattanooga Riverwalk.  I was hoping to get a closer look at the Hooded Mergansers we’d spotted a week earlier.  And while those ducks were there, I once again proved that not only am I a rookie as a birder, I’m still a rookie as a bird photographer.  I can get frame-filling photos of birds that act like wildflowers – allowing me to approach closely and spend some time taking several photos, as did the Canada Goose and the Mockingbird shown below.

 

Canada Goose - Branta canadensis by USWildflowers, on Flickr

Canada Goose – Branta canadensis

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A Winter Walk on the Riverwalk – Hawks, Herons, and the American Lotus

Chattanooga has done a great job of developing its riverfront and greenways over the past 20 years.  The Riverwalk that runs for 10 miles along or near the Tennessee River from the Tennessee Aquarium on the riverfront in downtown Chattanooga all the way up to Chickamauga Dam is a jewel of that development.  It’s one that I’ve so far neglected to explore except for a couple of small pieces.  My wife, Cindy, and I will start trying to correct that neglect.  On Friday and Saturday we walked and photographed a section of the Riverwalk near the Amnicola Marsh, visited the bridge over Chickamauga Creek, and also enjoyed a Great Blue Heron rookery on the Chattanooga State Community College campus. Here are a few photographs from this past week.

Red-shouldered Hawk - Buteo lineatus by USWildflowers, on Flickr

Red-shouldered Hawk – Buteo lineatus – along the Riverwalk near Amnicola Marsh

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