As I drove up, I could see several Redbud Trees (Cercis canadendensis) booming.
Easton Commons is one of the sections in the Copperfield neighborhood.
Another tree I noticed blooming was Mapleleaf viburnum (Viburnum acerifolium). In the fall this plant produces blue fruits that are a favorite with many birds.
As I neared the parking lot, I noticed this sign announcing that the park is now open.
Opening the gate to the park it appears to be on about 10 acres.
One of the first things I noticed was all the bird songs. This park is already a hit with many varieties of birds. I believe this is a Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia).
|To my right they had a large berm planted with Red Yucca (Hesperaloe parviflorabirds), which is not actually a yucca.|
Also planted in the berm was Virginia Sweetspire (Itea virginica). I just love these flowers.
This grass softens the berm.
I like the way they planted a large area of this grass.
As I continued on, I came to this arbor. Around the arbor were planted many butterfly friendly plants.
A Grackle on top of the arbor had a lot to say.
I believe he is claiming this park as his own.
Here he is keeping the watchful eye…
Here is a close up of the Red Yucca (Hesperaloe parviflorabirds).
The Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) wants to be sure he gets his song heard as well.
The park has a nice walking trail and a pond.
The Redbud trees were just gorgeous.
Then I noticed this Loggerhead Shrike (Lanius ludovicianus).
I think Shrikes are a very interesting bird.
The park has apartments on two sides.
Parsley Hawthorn (Crataegus marchallii)
River Birch (Betula nigra)
I love the bark on this tree.
Yaupon Holly (Ilex vomitoria)
Here is a view of the pond from the other side.
These butterflies were everywhere. I believe they are called Little Yellow (Eurema lisa). They were so fast and very difficult to photograph.
I’m not sure if this was the same Shrike or a different one, but I just had to take another shot.
In this photo I’m looking across the pond to the entrance.
There is the arbor.
I think this is a Cliff Swallow.
Another shot of the Cliff Swallow.
|Retama (Parkinsonia aculeata)|