09.27.11 A sounder of feral hogs, setting the trap…

USDA set up a corral trap around the sour mash bait station for the feral hogs.  They have recorded a sounder of 17 animals on their cameras.  In addition, there is also one solitary, older boar.

Matt showed me the footage captured of the hogs at the bait station.  Most of them were very wild-looking, sleek creatures with scruffy, wiry brown coats, one or two may have been escapees from a local farm wearing white with black splashes.  There were no huge tusks, these were not mammoth sized creatures.

Mike and I have happened upon them in the backwoods now and again.  They are fast critters, their snouts and heads formed for barreling through the underbrush as fast as their legs can carry them.  They don’t sound at all like deer, whose light feet make a delicate, bounding snap of leaves as they traipse through the forest.  A group of hogs charging through the brush sounds more like some sort of haywire steam roller pulverizing every twig and branch that got in its way.

09.24.11 Salvia azurea

¾ inches of rain.

Took pictures of Salvia azurea This is in the east propagation field.  The plant is amazing, grown to 12 or 13 feet tall, a leafy spire covered in sky blue flowers an inch across.   These tall wands of blue flowers do a wonderful bow and dance in any passing breeze.  Skippers seem to be visiting the flower, didn’t notice a lot of other pollinator activity.  Will keep my eyes on it. Like many salvias, this member of the mint family is a “clumper” not a “thug” or a “runner.”

Just look at this flower, it’s got a wonderful bright sky blue color.



No rain.
Bee survey
·      Helianthus porterii, flower
·      9:06 Mason bee
·      9:12 Striped bee
·      9:13 Mason bee
·      9:14 tiny iridescent bee
·      9:17 Mason bee
·      9:20 Agapestomon virescens
Watered East field.
Measured front acreage to set up additional beds.
Discussed tree management, thinning.
Took pictures of butterflies and bees.  Will take tripod and camera.