Bellwort (Uvularia grandiflora)
Shooting star in the prairie (Dodecatheon meadia)
Fremont’s leather flower (Clematis fremontii)
Bird’s foot violet (Viola pedata pedata)
Indian paintbrush (Castilleja coccinea)
Hoary puccoon (Lithospermum canascens)
Bird’s foot violet) Viola pedata lineariloba
Rue anemone (Anemonella thalictroides)
Liverleaf (Hepatica nobilis)
Celandine poppy (Stylophorum diphyllum)
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.
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.
Turtles were sunning
A very handsome snowy egret was wading and hunting
And so was an American egret
Hear a tree frog this morning- it’s 30 degrees outside! He must be singing to keep from freezing.
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.