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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

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.

 

It has been very warm so I’ve not been able to do a lot of hiking on the Red Cedar State Trail. I have gone out a couple of times early in the morning and found the following along the trail.

Spiderwort

Motherwort

Heal-all

Blooming Grass

Dragonflie

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.

 

I recently stopped at Amnicon Falls to check out the waterfalls. The water levels were good but it was a bright sunny day which made it difficult to photograph the waterfalls.

Snake Pit Falls

Snake Pit Falls

Now and Then Falls

These are a few of the flowers now blooming at Hoffman Hills.

Spiderwort

Common Cinquefoil

Butterfly Weed

Beardtounge

The end of spring and quite a few wildflowers are blooming at Crex Meadows. If you go to photograph them make sure you are protected from ticks. The seem to be out in large numbers.

Lupine and Puccoon

Lupine and Puccoon

Hoary Puccoon

White Water Lily

Indian Paintbrush

Downy Phlox

Common Yarrow

Columbine

Canadian Anemone

Blue Flag Iris

 

 

We have seen quite a few Bald Eagles at Crex Meadows.