Pearl Crescent Butterfly (Phyciodes tharos) on Lance-leaved Coriopsis (Coreopsis lanceolata)

Pearl Crescent Butterfly (Phyciodes tharos) on Lance-leaved Coriopsis (Coreopsis lanceolata)

Pearl Crescent Butterfly (Phyciodes tharos) on Lance-leaved Coriopsis (Coreopsis lanceolata)

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(another) Male Blue Dasher (Pachydiplax longipennis)

Male Blue Dasher (Pachydiplax longipennis)

Male Blue Dasher (Pachydiplax longipennis).  They are plentiful around the frog ponds this year.

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Male Blue Dasher (Pachydiplax longipennis)

Male Blue Dasher (Pachydiplax longipennis)

Male Blue Dasher (Pachydiplax longipennis).  A skimmer dragonfly.  This guy was perched among the lotus in one of my frog ponds.

 

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Flamingo (Phoenicopterus missourienses plasticus)

Flamingo (Phoenicopterus missourienses plasticus)

Flamingo (Phoenicopterus missourienses plasticus), a rare sighting on our farm.   Libby does some “babysitting” intermittently.   They like to swim in the pool and check the bird nest boxes.   Libby imported this bird for “camp Libby”.

 

 

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Male American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)

Male American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)

Male American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis).  Very common, but very attractive bird.

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Scary Pond Spider

Scary Pond Spider

While I probably do not have a full-blown phobia of spiders, they have always sort of given me the heebies.   I was scanning the lily pads for small frogs when I saw this guy.   I did not see any web.  I am not sure that he makes one.   He seemed to be just hanging out on the surface of the water waiting for a victim to wander by.

 

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Eastern Wood Pewee (Contopus virens)

Eastern Wood Pewee (Contopus virens)

The Eastern Wood Pewee is common on our farm.  They sometimes follow me around as I am mowing trails to see what kind of insects I stir up.    His song sounds like his name ….pee-a-wee.

 

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