Blue heron photo 
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Andersen Woods, February 8, 2014

We had a hearty group for the February outing, which at 9 degrees was balmy compared to the previous "arctic vortex"! Tree identification focused on the following species with usual bark types, more easily discernible in the winter months.

Shagbark Hickory, with long peeling strips of bark.

Wild Black Cherry, with it's flaky bark

Hop hornsbeam, commonly known as Ironwood, featuring parallel vertical bark, open at each end.

The most interesting finding was a flicker, whose red feather patch stood out on this overcast day. While we attempted photos, it was moving elusively around the trees, so here is an example of what we saw.

Some pics from Nate:




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