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I happened to be out cleaning humming bird feeders one morning and I noticed this Monarch Butterfly. Clearly it had just emerged and was in the process of drying its wings. It was around for a couple of hours.

 

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Normally I put grape jelly out for the orioles in the spring. They usually hang around for a couple of weeks before going off to raise their young. This year I kept putting Jelly out and a variety of birds turned up to eat it.

 

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Baltimore Oriole

The Turk’s-cap Lilies are now blooming along the Red Cedar State Trail.

 

We were walking on the Red Cedar Trail earlier in the week and noticed a large number of Monarch Butterflies around. It looked like many of them had just emerged. We found this fellow on the trail trying to dry it’s wings. We moved it off of the trail so it didn’t get run over by bikers.

 

 

I noticed this White-tailed Deer Fawn out in the Prairie one evening. It’s mother was nowhere to be seen.

 

When I first started photographing birds I had a blind that I setup out in the back yard near the bird houses. This enabled me to get some great shots of birds building their nests and feeding their young. Several years ago I got the bright idea of moving some bird houses closer to the house so I could photograph from an window or from my deck. This worked great and I had a pair of Eastern Bluebirds nest in one of the houses. This year I had a bluebird check the house out but it turned out a House Wren finally claimed it. Unfortunately the bird house is under a bedroom window and the House Wren seems to start singing well before sunrise.

It was fun watching the wren build it’s nest. They use sticks and it proved difficult to get some of the longer sticks into the house.

 

There are a variety of flowers blooming this wee. The most prominent are the Wild Lupine and the Prairie Smoke. Orange Hawkweed, Goat’s Beard and Blue Flag Iris are also blooming. I used to see a lot of Blue Flag Iris around but most of it seems to have dissapeared.

I managed to photograph a few birds. I haven’t seen any Eastern Bluebirds nesting this year. Most of the nests seem to be occupied by Tree Swallows.

There were a pair of Canada Geese nesting this year. We were on a trip when they started sitting on the eggs. They were still on the nest until the end of this week. Most of the Canada Geese hatched their young two or three weeks ago and we were concerned that something was wrong. The first shot of the male was taken a couple of weeks ago. The second shot was taken of him earlier in the week when he was near the nest and looking depressed. When we went out yesterday both adult geese were gone and we couldn’t find any young. We concluded there was a problem and the young did not hatch.

Some additional wildlife around. This White-tailed Deer took of running. There were also a few butterflies around.

The grasses are also blooming in the prairie area.

The Prairie Smoke has just started blooming at Hoffman Hills. It is one of the first flowers to boom.

 

One of my favorite times of the year is the spring. I love photographing spring buds. When the trees are budding out the colors in the forest are almost as beautiful as the fall colors.

 

A few recent shots of Downy Woodpeckers.