Immature Male Orchard Oriole

Immature Male Orchard Oriole

This is a young male Orchard Oriole.    They look very different from the adult males which are black and dark red.   The females are yellow like this, but do not have the dark neck.

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Butterweed (Packera glabella)

Butterweed (Packera glabella)

This is Butterweed.   It is a winter annual that bursts up in early spring.   It likes the low floodplains near Meadow Creek on my farm.   It can form thick blankets in those areas.   Small bees seem to like it.

Butterweed (Packera glabella)

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Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus)

Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus)

This is an Eastern Kingbird.   He will chase large birds like crows or red-tailed hawks out of his territory.    He does not seem to bother the bluebirds or tree swallows on my farm.

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Bullfrog on Lilly Pad

Bullfrog (Lithobates catesbeianus) on Lilly Pad

This Bullfrog found himself his own personal pool on top of a lilly pad.   With a recent hard rain, the lilly pads were holding fresh rain water.    There is a bud in the background that will bloom later today.

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Male Orchard Oriole (Icterus spurius)

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Male Orchard Oriole (Icterus spurius)

This is a male orchard oriole.   He was perched on a blue false indigo plant.   It looked like he was actually eating petals off of the plant, but might have been eating insects.   These birds are not as colorful as the Baltimore orioles.

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Springtime Roadside Flowers

We get some nice glade flowers along our stretch of Old 179 this time of year.    I took some video with my quadcopter.    Nothing too exciting, but you can listen to relaxing music and imagine that you are a butterfly floating above the flowers.

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Prothonotary Warbler

Prothonotary Warbler

I took this picture this afternoon.    This male was in some bright shade.   I thought the light was nice.

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