May 10 – Spring bird count

Many of our back yard flowers are in bloom.

One of the last of the wild geraniums.                                 Locust tree.  It would be a great year to have bees and make black locust honey.

Dwarf larkspur                                     Ants tending their leafhoppers, which function like cows.  A little drama played out in the leaf of a cup plant.

Our pet tadpoles in the fish pond (which currently has no fish).

I took the plant field class to a new site, owned by an alum.

It was nostalgic for me to see her new bee hives.             Female common green darner ovipositing.

Male common whitetail by her pond.                                   Female ovipositing.

Unknown fly under perfect lighting.                                        Cranefly.  Note the green eyes.

Nearby barn.

Dung beetle I found on the back porch.

Savannah and Matt at the prom.

Saturday was the spring bird count.  I went to Leo’s house at 8 a.m.  It was cold all day.  We saw plenty of birds, but no life birds for me.  We did finally wee wild turkeys, which we hope for every time we go out.

White-crowned sparrows were in abundance.                Orioles we mostly heard up in the trees, but this one put in an
appearance.

A rare brown thrasher in the back yard.

American goldfinches are in their breeding plumage, and unbelievably bright.    Northern Cardinal framed in leaves.
As usual, there are more pics online if you click through (and they’re bigger).

Brown-headed cowbirds: male displaying to female.      Baltimore oriole: comes to our jelly feeder.

White-crowned sparrows in the yard–a first.                       Ninebark in bloom.

I had gone down to the river one morning and seen some minnows jumping.  I retrieved fishing gear from home in hopes that there was a white bass run.  No such luck.  I think a few skipjack herring were busting the minnows, but I couldn’t get even one of them to bite.  Efforts were more productive at Lowell’s on Sunday, as I caught a dozen largemouth bass, including one 15.5 inches.  Two crappie were a bonus.

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