Thursday, December 31, 2015

Dec 31, 2015: Goodbye to 2015



The 2015 yearly collage made up of the year's monthly collages.

Thanks to everyone who continue to contribute to the blog!  We have had more than 99,500 pageviews  since we started at the very end of 2011 and many more at our Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/FriendsOfAdaHaydenHeritagePark

Kevin

Thanks to the following photo contributors:
Wolf. Oesterreich
Kevin Kane
LaDan Omidvar
Erv Klaas
Tana Clark Tesdall
R.J. Gardner
Ellen Fairchild
Paul Domoto
Debbie Gray
Tom Zimmerman
Maggie Hamilton

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Dec 30, 2015: December 2015 Photo Collage


December 2015 photos from the blog by Wolf. Oesterreich, Kevin Kane, and LaDan Omidvar.

Dec 29, 2015: A Winter View


From the Upland Trail, near the north trailhead, looking eastward across the plantings. 12/25/15 (Wolf. Oesterreich)

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Dec 28, 2015: A Year in the Life of a Wetland


These photos were taken on the 15th of each month of Pool F.  Starting in January in the upper left through December in lower right, the photos show the changing seasons in the park. You can see all the individual photos here with links to years 2012-2014 also.  (All photos by Wolf. Oesterreich.)

Dec 27, 2015: South Lake View


Looking NE from the lakes trail, towards the bluff area. 12/25/15 (Wolf. Oesterreich)

Dec 26, 2015: Snow on the Upland Trail

The Upland Trail as it passes along the south side of Jensen Pond, looking east. 12/25/15 (Wolf. Oesterreich)

Dec 25, 2015: White Christmas


Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone.  We did get a white Christmas!
A SE and south view across the north wetland complex, as observed from the NW corner of the Upland Trail. 12/25/15 (Wolf. Oesterreich)

Dec 24, 2015: Snowy Stillness

A mid-afternoon Christmas Eve snowstorm blanketed the park with about 3 inches of snow. A NE view across Pond G. 12/25/15 (Wolf. Oesterreich)

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Dec 23, 2015: Boreal Chorus Frog



Despite it being the 23rd of December, a single Boreal Chorus Frog was found on the lakes trail (south side of the north lake's west bay).  Doesn't it know that it is Winter?  This frog was found in the late am, before the rain, sleet, and snow. 12/23/15 (Wolf. Oesterreich)

Friday, December 25, 2015

Dec 22, 2015: Misty Winter Morning


Early morning mist highlights the bridge and its reflection in tranquil waters, looking south from north lake shore, 12/2/12 (Kevin Kane)

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Dec 21, 2015: North Slope


An eastward view along the north slope, as viewed from the NW corner, on a misty day.  This photo is a day late due to my participation in the Saylorville Christmas Bird Count. 12/21/15 (Wolf. Oesterreich)

Dec 20, 2015: One Year Ago - Water to Ice


As the temps continued to fall this week the north lake finally froze over.  This is a view along the north shore showing the boundary between open water and ice. The south lake was still open with more and more geese and ducks congregating daily. 11/21/14 (Kevin Kane)

Dec 19, 2015: Canada Geese


From Bradley Holcomb Photography. (Bradley Holcomb)

Dec 18, 2015: Sunset


Somehow we missed this image from early November in the Iowa State Daily! ( Max Goldberg)
http://www.iowastatedaily.com/multimedia/image_b1f5bf00-8635-11e5-b4e5-f3cc0d388bcc.html

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Dec 17, 2015: Reflections on Jensen Pond


North shore of Jensen pond looking south. 12/12/15 (Kevin Kane)

Dec 16, 2015: Flooded Boat Ramp


Recent rain has increased water levels in the lake causing a bit of flooding in the area of the boat ramp on the north lake. 12/16/15 (LaDan Omidvar)

Dec 15, 2015: Flooded Winter Wetlands


A NW and N view (under overcast conditions) across Pool F, towards the highlands.  Note the flooding from the recent rains. 12/15/15 (Wolf. Oesterreich)

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Dec 11, 2015: Northern Leopard Frog


I was surprised to find this Northern Leopard Frog below Pool F's outflow culvert.  Although, with the mild temperatures we are experiencing, it should have been no surprise.  I aslo observed a Red-eared Slider yesterday at Jensen Pond. 12/11/15 (Wolf. Oesterreich)

Dec 10, 2015: South Lake on a Sunny December Day


A NW view across the south lake and towards the bluff area. 12/10/15 (Wolf. Oesterreich)

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Dec 9, 2015: Z-Boat


The Iowa DOT has been taking their new Z-Boat out on the north lake the last couple of days.  They will use this machine to map lake and stream substrates. 12/9/15 (Wolf. Oesterreich)

Dec 8, 2015: Fading Light & Reflection


Reflections of the leafless trees in the north lake (looking to the SW) as daylight fades away. 11/28/15 (Wolf. Oesterreich)

Dec 7, 2015: End of Year Donations to Friends of AHHP


Please consider Friends of Ada Hayden Heritage Park in your end of year giving plans. There are two easy ways to help build and protect the future of our favorite park!

Membership.  Used for park improvements such as signage and plantings and to support the summer intern that organizes our interpretive programs.  Contributions are tax deductible as charitable contributions. 

Annual dues:
Student, $20
Individual/Family $35
Contributor, $50
Sustaining, $100
Patron, $500

We are a tax-exempt 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
Make checks out to:
Friends of Ada Hayden Heritage Park

Send to:
Stephanie Fox, Treasurer
3921 Squaw Road
Ames, IA 50014




Endowment.  Funds held permanently at the Story County Community Foundation to support the long-term viability of Friends.  Contributions are tax deductible as Federal charitable contributions and also qualify for an additional 25% Endow Iowa tax credit.  For more information see http://www.storycountyfoundation.org/en/endow_iowa_tax_credit_program/

The link for direct deposits to the Foundation is https://dmf.iphiview.com/dmf/FundInformation/tabid/495/dispatch/accountselection_id$106376_hash$196ed4c411a4dd4c7a292c2f9662ca22774f0fe4/Default.aspx

Friday, December 11, 2015

Dec 6, 2015: Northern Hills


A northward view towards the north slope, from just east of the bluff spur on the lakes trail. 12/5/15 (Wolf. Oesterreich)

Dec 5, 2015: Fox Squirrel


A Fox Squirrel munching away while perched in a tree near the spillway. 12/5/15 (Wolf. Oesterreich)

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Dec 4, 2015: Jensen Pond


An east view across Jensen Pond, under an overcast sky and light sprinkles. 11/30/15 (Wolf. Oesterreich)

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Dec 3, 2015: Cooper's Hawk


Looking up at an adult Cooper's Hawk, found just past the Upland Trail's south trailhead. 12/2/15 (Wolf. Oesterreich)

Dec 2, 2015: Savannah Snowfall


The savannah woods after a light snowfall. 12/2/15 (Wolf. Oesterreich)

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Dec 1, 2015: Wolf's November 2015 Wildlife Report

Two Great Blue Herons have been hanging around through the end of November.  (Who knows if they'll stay into December?)  This one has been typically found along the north lake's shore, especially along the NW corner, while the other one is usually found at Pool F or Pond J.



















 

A total of 76 avian species (plus 1 sp.) was recorded this month, ranking this month as the 2nd highest November among 18 years of records.  November 1999 with only 40 species remains as the lowest November, while Novembers 2014 and 2010 are the highest with 77 species.

Based on citations in the 3rd Edition of “The Birds of Story County, Iowa,” by Stephen J. Dinsmore and Hank Zaletel (2001), plus my personal updates to the records, the following may represent new extreme late Fall records: 1 Great Egret on the 19th-21st (former record set on 4 November 2004 at Ada Hayden HP), 1 Semipalmated Sandpiper on the 12th (10 November 2010 at Ada Hayden HP), 1 Wilson’s Snipe on the 16th-17th (10 November 2004 at Ada Hayden HP), 1 Franklin’s Gull on the 28th (20 November 2004 at Ada Hayden HP), and 1 Lincoln’s Sparrow on the 6th (5 November 1986 at State Forest Nursery).  The single Common Redpoll found on the 21st may represent a new extreme early Winter record (22 November 2001 in my backyard).

Listed below, following the species’ names, are the date(s) of sighting(s), plus the occasional miscellaneous information regarding numbers, gender (♂=male, ♀=female), age (im=immature, ju=juvenile, abp=adult breeding plumage, ad=adult, anb=adult non-breeding), color phase (b=blue, w=white), and location (BY=back yard).  The order follows the 55th Supplement (2014) to the American Ornithologists’ Union Check-list of North American Birds and the 14th Supplement to the 7th Edition (1998).

AVIAN
     GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE: 24 (1), 29 (4), 30 (6)
     ROSS’S GOOSE: 14 (1)
     CACKLING GOOSE: 21 (3), 28 (4), 29
     CANADA GOOSE: 1-2, 4-11, 13-25, 27-30
     TRUMPETER SWAN: 27                                          
     WOOD DUCK: 1 (5), 2 (7), 4 (10), 5 (17), 6 (25+), 7 (32+), 8, 9 (2), 10 (3), 12 (13+), 14 (1),
          15 (1♂), 17 (1♂), 21 (2♂), 23-24 (1♀), 28 (1♂ + 1♀)
     GADWALL: 1 (19♂ + 15♀), 5 (7), 7 (12), 8 (28), 9 (6), 11 (30+), 12 (21+), 13 (5+), 14 (8),
          15 (3♂), 18 (4♂ + 1♀), 19 (13), 20 (1), 21 (5), 24 (13), 25 (4)
     AMERICAN WIGEON: 1 (5), 4 (2), 7 (6), 9 (1), 10 (2), 17 (1♂ + 1♀)
     AMERICAN BLACK DUCK: 6-13 (2), 15-17 (2), 20-23 (2), 25 (2)
     MALLARD: 1-2, 4-15, 16 (350+), 17-25, 27-30
     NORTHERN SHOVELER: 1 (7), 5 (1♂ + 1♀), 6 (7), 7 (45+), 8, 10 (1♀), 14 (8), 15 (23),
          18 (36+), 21 (12+), 22 (4), 23 (5), 24 (9), 25 (3), 28 (1♂ + 3♀), 29 (11)
     NORTHERN PINTAIL: 1 (1♂), 5 (5), 6 (1♂ + 5♀), 7 (2♂), 8, 9 (1♂ + 2♀), 10 (2♀),
          12 (3♂ + 2♀), 15 (2♂ + 1♀), 18 (2♂ + 3♀), 19 (1♂ + 2♀), 28-29 (1♂)
     GREEN-WINGED TEAL: 1 (9), 2 (4), 4 (7), 6 (8+), 8, 9 (13+), 12 (23+), 13 (42+), 19 (1♀),
          22 (3), 23 (5)
     CANVASBACK: 16 (1♂ + 2♀), 28 (1♂)
     REDHEAD: 1 (1♂), 22 (1♂ + 1♀)
     RING-NECKED DUCK: 1 (4♂ + 2♀), 7 (20), 10 (4♀), 19 (2♂), 21 (2), 28 (1♂)
     LESSER SCAUP: 7 (26+), 9 (2♂), 15 (14♂ + 11♀), 19 (9), 20 (1), 21 (5), 25 (4), 27-28 (1♂)
     BUFFLEHEAD: 19 (1♂), 20 (1♂ + 2♀), 21 (18), 22 (1♀), 24 (1♂ + 2♀)
     COMMON GOLDENEYE: 23 (1♂)
     HOODED MERGANSER: 6 (1♀), 19 (1♂ + 5♀), 20 (3♀), 22 (3♀), 28 (2♀), 29 (1♀)
     COMMON MERGANSER: 15 (1♀), 28 (1♀)
     RUDDY DUCK: 1 (7), 21 (5), 27 (1♀)
     RING-NECKED PHEASANT: 1, 4-7, 10, 13, 15, 17, 20-23, 24 (10♂), 25, 30
     PIED-BILLED GREBE: 1 (4), 2 (2), 4 (3), 5-6 (1), 20 (1), 22 (2), 23-25 (1), 27-30 (1)
     HORNED GREBE: 13 (1), 21 (1), 24 (1), 30 (1)
     DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT: 27 (2)
     AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN: 10-11 (3), 13 (1), 14 (8), 17-18 (2), 19 (1)
     GREAT BLUE HERON: 1 (3), 2 (4), 4 (3), 5-7 (4), 8 (2), 9-10 (5), 11 (6), 12 (4), 13-14 (3), 
          15 (1), 16-17 (2), 18-19 (1), 20-22 (2), 23 (3), 24-25 (1), 27-30 (2)
     GREAT EGRET: 1-2 (1), 4 (1), 5 (2), 6-7 (1), 8-12 (2), 13-15 (1), 17 (1), 19-21 (1)
     BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON: 2 (1 im), 6 (2 im), 15 (1 im)
     BALD EAGLE: 4 (1 ad), 7 (1 ad), 15 (1 im), 16 (1 ad), 19 (1 ad), 20 (1 ad + 1 im), 22 (1 ad),
          28 (1 im), 29 (1 ad)
     COOPER’S HAWK: 1 (1), 13 (1 ad)
     RED-TAILED HAWK: 4-6 (1), 8-11 (1), 13 (1), 17 (1), 19 (1), 20-25 (2), 27 (1), 28 (3), 29 (1),
          30 (2)
     AMERICAN COOT: 1 (5), 2 (4), 6 (1), 7 (8), 9 (2), 10-13 (1), 14 (2), 15-18 (1), 21 (21),
          22 (12), 23 (9), 24 (23), 25 (22), 27 (24), 28-29 (16), 30 (17)
     KILLDEER: 10 (2)
     SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER: 12 (1)
     WILSON’S SNIPE: 8 (2), 9-12 (1), 14-15 (2), 16-17 (1)
     RING-BILLED GULL: 11-12 (1),
     FRANKLIN’S GULL: 25 (1), 28 (1)
     MOURNING DOVE: 19 (3), 21 (2), 27 (1)
     BELTED KINGFISHER: 6 (1), 11 (1), 14 (1), 17 (1), 25 (1), 27 (1)
     RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER: 5-11, 15, 20, 22, 24-25, 27-29
     DOWNY WOODPECKER: 1-2, 5, 7, 9-11, 13, 15-17, 20-30
     HAIRY WOODPECKER: 4, 7, 9-10, 22-23, 25, 29
     NORTHERN FLICKER (Yellow-shafted): 7 (1)
     MERLIN: 24 (1♀ prairie race)
     BLUE JAY: 1, 7-9, 11, 15-16, 20-23, 25-30
     AMERICAN CROW: 1-2, 7-11, 13-18, 20-30
     BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE: 1-2, 4-30
     WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH: 1-2, 4, 6-11, 13-16, 20, 25
     WINTER WREN: 4 (1)
     GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET: 1 (2), 5 (1)
     RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET: 2 (1)
     EASTERN BLUEBIRD: 1, 6 (4), 7 (6), 9 (2), 11, 27 (4)
     AMERICAN ROBIN: 1-2, 4-11, 23, 25 (4 + 11 BY), 28 (1 BY)
     EUROPEAN STARLING: 1, 6-12, 14, 22, 28-29
     CEDAR WAXWING: 2 (~20)
     AMERICAN TREE SPARROW: 1 (12+), 2 (9+), 4 (2+), 5 (3+), 6 (9+), 7 (6), 8-30
     FIELD SPARROW: 1 (1)
     FOX SPARROW: 2 (1), 7 (3), 9 (1), 11-12 (1)
     SONG SPARROW: 1 (22+), 2 (5+), 4 (7+), 5 (11+), 6 (4+), 7 (1), 8 (3), 9 (2), 11, 13 (1),
          15-16 (1), 22 (4), 23 (2), 25 (2), 28-29 (1)
     LINCOLN’S SPARROW: 1 (1), 6 (1)
     SWAMP SPARROW: 4 (1), 9 (1), 27 (1)
     WHITE-THROATED SPARROW: 5 (1), 8 (1), 25-26 (1 BY)
     HARRIS’S SPARROW: 1 (3), 4 (2), 5 (1), 6 (18+), 7 (6+), 10 (6), 11-12 (3), 13 (6), 14 (2),
          15 (1), 16 (3), 17 (1), 18 (3), 20 (2), 21 (4)
     WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW: 1 (9+), 2 (4+), 4 (5+), 5 (9+), 6 (2+), 7 (2), 8 (1), 11 (2),
          12 (4), 13-16 (1), 20 (1)
     DARK-EYED JUNCO (Slate-colored):1 (10+), 2 (15+), 4 (15+), 5 (3+), 6 (58+), 7 (22+),
          8-18, 20-30
     NORTHERN CARDINAL: 1, 4, 6, 8-12, 14-16, 18-30
     RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD: 1-2, 6 (5), 10, 13 (~50), 19 (3), 20 (1), 24
     RUSTY BLACKBIRD: 1 (10+), 8 (1), 9 (3)
     COMMON GRACKLE: 1, 12 (~30)
     BROWN-HEADED COWBIRD: 22 (1♂ + 1♀)
     blackbirds sp: 2
     HOUSE FINCH: 1-2, 4-5, 7, 10-11, 13-18, 20-30
     COMMON REDPOLL: 21 (1)
     AMERICAN GOLDFINCH: 1-2, 4-9, 11, 24-26, 29-30
     HOUSE SPARROW: 1, 4-30

Unless indicated otherwise, the White-tailed Deer were antlerless.  The yearlings were just about the same size as the adults.  One magnificent male (8-pt) has been regularly seen by many.  The other male that I have observed is just a "spike male".

MAMMALIAN
     AMERICAN MINK: 18 (1), 30 (1)
     WHITE-TAILED DEER: 4 (1), 8 (2), 9 (1♂), 12 (1♂ + 2 + 3 BY), 13 (1♂), 18 (2 BY), 19 (2),
          22 (3 BY), 23 (6), 24 (6 + 1♂), 25 (2), 28 (1♂), 29 (2), 30 (3 BY)
     FOX SQUIRREL: 2, 7-8, 11-29, 22-30
     THIRTEEN-LINED GROUND SQUIRREL:
     MUSKRAT: 10 (5), 11 (2), 12-16 (1), 20 (1), 21 (2), 22 (4), 23 (2), 24 (3), 25 (4), 27 (2),
          28 (4), 29 (2)
     EASTERN COTTONTAIL: 11, 13-14, 17, 20, 22-24, 27-28, 30

REPTILIAN
     PLAINS GARTER SNAKE: 12 (1)
     NORTHERN PAINTED TURTLE: 1 (6), 2 (16), 4 (12), 5 (6), 6 (2), 7 (3), 8 (1), 13 (1)
     RED-EARED SLIDER: 2 (1), 4 (1)

AMPHIBIAN
     BOREAL CHORUS FROG: 1-2, 5, 8
     AMERICAN BULLFROG: 4 (2), 11 (1), 17 (3)
     NORTHERN LEOPARD FROG: 5 (4)

An unidentified light-colored moth was seen briefly on the 29th.
LEPIDOPTERA
     ORANGE SULPHUR: 1 (2), 5 (1), 7 (2), 11 (1)
     Sulphur sp.: 1 (1), 2, 4 (2), 5 (3), 7 (3)
     PEARL CRESCENT: 8 (1)
     RED ADMIRAL: 4 (1)
     COMMON BUCKEYE: 4 (1), 8 (1)
     MONARCH: 7 (1)
     WOOLLY BEAR (ISABELLA TIGER MOTH): 1-2, 4-5, 7-8, 11, 13-15, 24-25

ORTHOPTERA
     CAROLINA GRASSHOPPER: 1 (1)
Wolf. Oesterreich

Monday, November 30, 2015

Nov 30, 2015: November 2015 Photo Collage


November 2015 photos from the blog by Wolf. Oesterreich, Kevin Kane, Tana Clark Tesdall, Ellen Fairchild, Paul Domoto, and Debbie Gray. This month had the largest guest contributors of photos since the start of the blog four years ago. Thanks everyone!

Nov 29, 2015: A Wonderful Autumn


As we close out November, we can celebrate the weather which has been unusually mild this autumn, allowing lots of activity at the park.  It's also brought some wonderfully foggy mornings (nice for photos!), like this one in late October. 10/26/15 (Kevin Kane)

Nov 28, 2015: Dusk Reflections


Canada Geese head out to feed one more time in the fading light.  (looking NW from the east side of the south lake.) 11/28/15 (Wolf. Oesterreich)

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Nov 27, 2015: Golden


The sun sets behind the water tower, as viewed from the lakes trail on the east side of the south lake. 11/24/15 (Wolf. Oesterreich)

Nov 26, 2015: Seven Swans a Swimming...Really


Posted on the FoAHHP on 11/28/15 by Debbie Gray

Nov 25, 2015: Ring-billed Gull


A single Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) was found at the main parking lot (left).  When a car drove by it took flight (right).  Later, the gull was found swimming on the south lake. 11/22/15 (Wolf. Oesterreich)

Nov 24, 2015: Setting Sun


The sun starts to set behind the trees located at SE corner of Pool F. 11/23/15 (Wolf. Oesterreich)

Friday, November 27, 2015

Nov 19, 2015: Trout Release


Chris Larson, DNR research technician, prepares to release rainbow trout into the water at Ada Hayden Park on Thursday (11/19). 
Photo by Nirmalendu Majumdar/Ames Tribune image

Trout release draws anglers to Ada Hayden Lake
From the Ames Tribune
By Austin Harrington
Staff Writer
aharrington@amestrib.com

Anglers fought the wind and lined the banks along the north side of the Ada Hayden Heritage Park Lake Thursday waiting for more than 2,000 rainbow trout to be released at noon. Stocking the lake with trout is part of the Urban Lakes Trout Program, an effort to introduce trout fishing to fishing enthusiasts across the state.

DNR research technician Chris Larson said the event always brings people out to the lakes all around the state of Iowa.
- See more at: http://amestrib.com/news/trout-release-draws-anglers-ada-hayden-lake#sthash.5gnt6ml4.dpuf

Trout release draws anglers to Ada Hayden Lake





Anglers fought the wind and lined the banks along the north side of the Ada Hayden Heritage Park Lake Thursday waiting for more than 2,000 rainbow trout to be released at noon. Stocking the lake with trout is part of the Urban Lakes Trout Program, an effort to introduce trout fishing to fishing enthusiasts across the state.
DNR research technician Chris Larson said the event always brings people out to the lakes all around the state of Iowa.
- See more at: http://amestrib.com/news/trout-release-draws-anglers-ada-hayden-lake#sthash.5gnt6ml4.dpuf

Nov 18, 2015: American White Pelican


This American White Pelican was coming in for a landing at Pond J.  After a another lap around the main lakes I found that a second pelican had joined the first one. 11/17/15 (Wolf. Oesterreich)

Nov 17, 2015: American Bullfrogs


Despite it being the middle of November, these American Bullfrogs were found at Jensen Pond. 11/17/15 (Wolf. Oesterreich)

Nov 16, 2015: Northern Hills


A northward view from the lakes trail, just east of the bluff spur.  (In the near future there will be houses lining the north slope.) 11/5/15 (Wolf. Oesterreich)

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Nov 15, 2015: Geese Returning


Geese are returning to the park in ever larger numbers. 10/26/15 (Kevin Kane)

Nov 14, 2015: One Year Ago


Nov 15, 2014: Outflow Channel
The outflow channel from Pool F during a light snowfall. 11/15/14 (Wolf. Oesterreich)

Nov 13, 2015: Hornet Nest


This probable nest of the Bald-faced Hornet was found in the woods next to the "Circle of Life" (Upland Trail, NW corner). 11/13/15 (Wolf. Oesterreich)