was a low humidity day for me, so I took the bike and rode a trail in Sandhills refuge...to see what I could find. The trail I picked is one I've shown you before it ends up at the back side of Pool D...it's only half mile round trip but it's thru a mature pine forest and it's not all flat it has an up/down hill section also. The Trial in red,
and I heard way more than I saw...The trees and bushes are so overgrown it's hard to find birds if they are trying to hide which most do,
One Prothonotary Warbler swooped past me calling very loudly but then disappeared in the thick stuff, all that racket brought out a couple of Common Yellowthroats, and I got a not so good shot of one of the male...
And a Red Winged Blackbird was hunting from just above the water's surface...
I don't know anything much about Dragonfly except I enjoy seeing them...I tried to get the correct name of this one but could not pin it down conclusively, so Im going with Pond Hawk.
I pedaled back to the van,
and moved over to the Lake Bee Recreation Area they are refilling that pond I will be happy when they open it back up cause there is a wetland I enjoy checking on the opposite side of the earthen dam.
I had a cool drink and a snack here and then
Drove up to the Oxpen Lakes area.
Parked and headed out on foot for a walk in the fields looking at plants and insects. And checked the Yellow Pitchers, they are doing well...
Could be a dragonfly nymph? A Buckeye butterfly along with a Variegated Fritillary
There was even more Common Yellowthroat around
I visited the one and only public restroom on the refuge and in the parking area an Eastern Wood Pewee was flycatching...
When I looked this up I found out it's called a Dobsonfly and those long things at the front is a mandible! Like Jaws of life! Its actually an aquatic insect...and it only lives a couple weeks and during that time it doesn't really eat anything. There is one species of this insect in China that gets a big as a human hand!
Later on in the week...I took a walk around Goodale park, one of the mornings when it was clear but hot...
He was photographing the pitcher plants there and then I showed him where I just spotted some
Sundews...another carnivorous Plant that I have found there....this is the first time I've seen them in that area that has tried to be a BOG, the staff keep fighting this, I don't know why they don't let it evolve into what it wants to BE! So here are the tiny little Sundews
These particular ones are only an inch tall and barely 2 inches wide....
So that pretty much unravels my week..
And can we all say "WTH" is up with this picture? Are the veggie sausage people not paying attention?