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We were gone most of the summer. When I returned in early August I put out a few hummingbird feeders. It was only a couple of days before the hummingbirds turned up at the feeders. The second week of September they are still around. They are also feeding on my Red Prince Weigela and my Sunflowers.

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After visiting Lindoy we headed to another beautiful island Nakkholmen. The island has more than 180 small summer cottages.

This is a shot of the ferry arriving in Nakkholmen. Since it was a beautiful day folks were heading out to the islands to sunbathe and swim.

More photos from Nakkholmen can be found on my website.

The small harbor at Nakkholmen.

The standard color cottages red and yellow. The color choices are restricted.

While waiting for the ferry to arrive I took the opportunity to photograph some of the wildlife.The first shot shows a couple of Barnacle Geese and the second shot is an Eurasian Oystercatcher feeding.

I can’t resist taking photos of water patterns.

This spring I noticed a couple of Verios around my bid feeder. I thought they were just passing through but later in the summer I noticed them hanging around the edge of the woods. This last week they started showing up around the bid feeders but the only thing they seemed to be interested in eating was the grape jelly that I had put out for the Orioles.

As we were driving past one of the flowages we noticed a couple of White-tailed Deer on the far shore. One is hidden in the grass to the left of the one on the shoreline.

White-tailed Deer

Lots of Sunflowers were out around the Meadows.

Sunflower

This Easter Phoebe was sitting on a sign next to the stop sign.

Eastern Phoebe

We mainly saw Monarch Butterflies but I did photograph one Fritillary.

Fritillary

There was a flock of Cedar Wax Wing hunting for insects on the Lilly pads.

Cedar Wax Wings

Canada Geese were feeding on the grass on Phantom Lake.

Canada Geese

I had been photographing these two swans and was getting back into the car when I heard a ruckus on the flowage. The two swans I had been watching had gotten into a heated argument which went on for some time.

Things seemed to calm down when I noticed them looking at another swan in the area.

All of a sudden they went after the third swan and managed to chase it to another area of the flowage.

It is rare when the wind isn’t blowing at Crex Meadows. We arrived early in the morning and this small pond was calm. Made for some nice reflection shots.

Driving around Crex Meadows we were fortunate to see a variety of wildlife.

Common Loon

Eastern Kingbird

Muskrat

Black Bears

American Bittern

There were reports of quite a few American Bitterns at Crex Meadows. The road we were on had been closed earlier in the morning but when we made our second trip around we found it open. We had gone about 100 yards when we discovered this America Bittern in a small pond. At first it was behind some grass and we didn’t have a clear view of it. As we watched it moved back out into the pond.

As we watched the Bittern moved along the edge of the pond the back into the pond and went into hunting mode. It made a deep dive into the water and seemed to catch something but it was gone before I got a shot off.

 

We continued to watch as the Bittern composed itself and got the water off of its feathers. It really made us laugh when we saw what it had done.

The Ruby-throated Hummingbirds are nesting. They don’t spend much time at the feeder during the day. They arrive, get a good drink of nectar an take off. Toward evening I’ve been finding them hanging around the bushes close to the house.

This fellow had a bad itch. It spent quite some time scratching on both sides.

I watched as a White-crowned Sparrow landed on my birdbath. It looked around for a while before deciding to take a bath. It really got in to bath time.