Gray-Headed Coneflower (Ratibida pinnata)


Gray-Headed Coneflower

These flowers are pretty, but they always look a bit “droopy” to me.   The petals look a bit dehydrated even when they have plenty of water.   The cone looks gray at first, then turns brown as it blooms from the bottom up.

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Gray-Headed Cone Flower

Each tiny flower eventually turns yellow and the bees come for the pollen.


Bee Covered in Pollen


Bees on Gray-Headed Coneflower

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Tree Frog on Arrowhead


Tree Frog on Arrowhead

I think this is a grey tree frog, but I am not sure.    The plants around the frog ponds are covered with little frogs this time of year.

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Young Frog on Lilly Pad Flower Bud


Young Frog on Lilly Pad Flower Bud

If you look closely, you can see that this little frog is still in the process of losing its tadpole tail.  I am not sure the species of frog or lilly pad.    I took this photo this morning. The dew was still on the flower bud.   It will open later in the day.

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Golden Fritillaries on Butterfly Weed June 12, 2016


Golden Fritillary on Butterfly Weed

I think these are Golden Fritillary Butterflies, but I have very limited skills in butterfly identification.   I am certain this is Butterfly Weed,   (Asclepias tuberosa) which is in the milkweed family.  It is appropriately named.   The butterflies are all over it this time of year.

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Ruby Throated Hummingbird feeding on False White Indigo


Ruby Throated Hummingbird feeding on False White Indigo

We keep a few hummingbird feeders near our back porch so we can enjoy them, but they have lots of flowers to feed on, and I see them in the fields regularly.

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Red-Winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoneniceus)


Red-Winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)

These birds like to hang out and nest near our frog ponds.   One of their calls is a loud “Conk-a-reee”.

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Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra) June 9,2016


Summer Tanager (Piranha rubra)

From a distance, a Summer Tanager might be confused for a Northern Cardinal, but they have no crest.    I saw this guy in my lower field this evening.

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