My grebe died. They said that at first he seemed to be doing well and eating on his own, but about a month after he was brought in something compromised his lungs and they were unable to save him. I know they did everything they could; they're a remarkable facility, but I'm still kind of bummed.
Anyway, there were five people on our work crew and our job was to clear out a couple of invasive species in a section of the prairie. We were pulling out Honeysuckle and Buckthorn and there was a *ton* of it. In three hours we cleared about one-hundred square feet. That doesn't sound like a lot for fifteen man-hours, but it was hot and the work was pretty intense. We made a roughly ten feet deep, by six feet wide by six feet tall pile of brush to be burned.
There were some phenomenal insects and spiders unearthed in doing this, and the best way to get them at the time was to shoot them on my phone, so I did. Of course the very next day, before I'd had a chance to move any of the shots, my card corrupted and I lost the pictures. Oh well.
It was about 85* F out there and we'd been working pretty hard (and dragging up All The Pollen Ever!) and I was in jeans and work boots, so I didn't stay too long to get pictures afterwards. I walked around the pond as far as I could go (they have a section blocked off) and did a bit on the trails. But even in the hour and a half or so I was out there, there was a lot of cold-blooded critter activity.
In fact, I'm going from pretty much an all-bird blog, to an all-bug blog! Mostly, but not entirely. Well, entirely for this post.
This is a Six-Spotted Tiger Beetle. He's an amazing iridescent green with a white face. He's pretty small, maybe two centimeters long?
I have to say, these are the most ironic dragonflies for me. They're called "Common Whitetails", but I rarely see them. I saw one a the North Pond last year and there was only a few of them here. Not so common!
This was the best shot I could get of the tops of the wings. Not much help.
Okay, that's eleven shots. Enough for one post. More bugs and a few other critters and plants, later.
So let's see... the comma, the jade, the calico, and the tiger beetle. Four new named species. 39 total of my 50.