Full moon, April 29, 2018

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Arboretum, April 28, 2018

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Forest Park, April 27, 2018

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Arboretum, April 22, 2018

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Shooting star in the prairie (Dodecatheon meadia) 

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Fremont’s leather flower (Clematis fremontii)

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Hoary puccoon (Lithospermum canascens) IMG_5818

Bird’s foot violet) Viola pedata lineariloba IMG_5821

Rue anemone (Anemonella thalictroides) IMG_5825

Liverleaf (Hepatica nobilis) IMG_5827

Celandine poppy (Stylophorum diphyllum) IMG_5829

Wild Ginger (Asarum canadense)

Dennis investigates a murder most fowl.  We think perhaps a wood duck met its fate here, judging by the colors in the feathers.

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Martins, turtles, egrets

On a mid-day walk on this 80-degree day I saw that the martins handily survived our cold spell last week and are busy building nests and catching insects.

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Turtles were sunning

A very handsome snowy egret was wading and hunting

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And so was an American egret

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Tree frog

Hear a tree frog this morning- it’s 30 degrees outside! He must be singing to keep from freezing.

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Purple martins

I noticed the purple martins are back and have set up housekeeping in their houses in Forest Park. I worry about the freeze this weekend- in the 20s tonight and tomorrow, and lows in the 30s next week. I hope there is enough sunshine and warmth during the days to get enough insect hatches so the martins can find something to eat. Would that I could manufacture a mess of flying insects for them.

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