(Entry #8) Passiflora incarnata. Known as maypop due to the fact that when you step on the fruits, they will pop. Meaning it should have been willpop. Yet it was not. The flower is squiggly and purple, and basically very distinctive. The purple is not always too deep. The fruit is green, and supposedly when ripe orange; yet none has ever made it to that stage under my supervision. And it's called supervision because my vision is super.
The leaf is... a dinosaur foot. It is green. This is due to chemicals that make plants green. It is a vine. I believe technically it is not a vine and it is a crawler; this simply means it does not climb up things as much as... things that climb up things. This is not strict, they will still climb a little.
(Entry #6) Melanerpes carolinus, although I can probably guarantee that they'll change that name more than I can guarantee that that's the name it was. And would you look at that, the name used to be Picus carolinus.
These woodpeckers are black with white barring, and a white belly. A black tail, too; their heads are a creamy-tan color, with a red stripe; they are sexually dimorphic; in the females the stripe only reaches about halfway to the beak, and in the males it reaches all the way down. I am not sure about the colorations of juveniles
(Entry #5) Well, so that break was a little longer than expected. There were tests and building projects and all sorts of stuff. But in the meantime, my assistant photographer Emily has got some pictures of the beautiful ruby-throated hummingbird!
Obviously they are hummingbirds, Trochilidae. They are also ruby-throated and black-chinned hummingbirds, the genus Archilocus. And their species name is Archilocus colubris.
Most ruby-throated hummingbirds have ruby throats, but some actually have black throats, which is important. The above picture is an example. They are small, cute, green birds, with a little bit of white under their throats. They are supposed to be sexually dimorphic, but right now I have once again already gone right into this hummingbird before actually studying them very well. And don't forget the long narrow beak.
(Entry #4) My assistant photographer, Emily, said I should do a post on Passerina cyanea, a bird which once I thought almost mythical in northeastern Oklahoma. They are also in the cardinal family, along with the tanagers, Cardinalidae.
Indigo buntings are a beautiful blue color, and a long time ago I really wanted to see one, and if you wait until they come to Oklahoma for breeding (April-May) then you will probably get one eventually. Their wings fade into a black color.
(Entry #3) Catharus ustulatus, commonly known as the Swainson's thrush; in particular in this post the olive-backed Swainson's thrush. These are, of course, thrushes, in the family Turididae.
The olive-backed Swainson's thrush is a brown like color, with the sameish colored spots on its chest. They also seem to stick their wings out a little bit. And very good for identification, they have a white ring around their eye. They only very rarely come out of the woods, or not at all. They are not sexually dimorphic. Same deal with the russet-backed, just the russet-backed is more of a red color.
I like observing animals, especially birds. I also take care of the goats. I like goats.
My assistant photographer! She also takes care of African geese.
Another assistant photographer! She takes care of the rabbits, and the hutch is teeming with crawly things.