The dog days of summer are not the best times to visit Crex Meadows but there were a few things to photograph. The water levels in some of the flowages had been reduced so the waterfowl only had small ponds to swim around in.
There were quite a few Monarch Butterflies on the eastern edge of the Meadows.
Trumpeter Swans were around with their young teenagers.
There were quite a few teenage ducks around.
I typically see large numbers of Blanding’s Turtles in the spring when they are on the road laying eggs. We found this one wandering across the road.
This Canada Goose was perched on top of a beaver lodge.
On a late spring trip to Crex Meadows we encountered more turtles than we saw on all of our previous trips put together.
The Blanding’s Turtle is on the endangered species list but seem to be doing well at Crex Meadows. Late in the evening we had to drive with great care because there were so many of them in the road laying eggs. The next morning when we drove the same road they were all gone.
The Snapping Turtles were also out in the roads laying eggs. Needless to say this is one turtle that I didn’t help across the road. I took this photo with my birding lens so I wasn’t all that close to him.
There were also a lot of Painted Turtles out in the water sunning themselves.