The beginning of our Pacific Northwest winter rains have brought snails out of hiding. This morning two of them crossed our path, not the usual Pacific Sideband dark brown variety we're used to, but lighter coloured Terrestrial Land Snails with light pinkish-purple bodies. Snails are associated with full moons in many culture and their appearance this morning coincides with the October full moon, the Hunter's Moon.
It was early morning and the fall sun had just made it over the horizon. The dogs were anxious to go for their morning walk. An insistent tapping caught my attention as we walked up the driveway. We stopped, the tapping stopped, we listened, the tapping started again. Suddenly we saw a young Pileated Woodpecker, in the grass a few feet from us, sitting on an old decaying log - digging for his breakfast. He wasn't in the least bit bothered by us or our dogs, just watched us curiously.
Plant native and wildflowers. Bees love blue, purple and yellow flowers. Native and Heirloom flowers are usually best as they produce more pollen and nectar. Don’t forget to plant flowering herbs as well. Plant flowers in same colour clusters. A variety of seasonal flowers that begin blooming in very early spring into late fall will provide food sources for months for bees, and other pollinators like hummingbirds and butterflies. If you have the space, consider planting a wildflower meadow that doesn’t get mowed.
This morning as I sat down at my computer in the yurt I wondered what to write about and then wham! a small bird flew directly into the window in front of me - I watched her as she flew straight at me. She was a tiny songbird, a Golden Crowned Kinglet ... a messenger.
We came across not just one but three Roughskin Newts on our morning walk, a sure sign of winter's rainy approach. Roughskin Newts are a type of salamander found in the Pacific West from the Alaskan Panhandle south to California from sea level to 2700 metres. They are fairly large reaching up to 22 centimetres in length from tip of the nose to the end of tail.