Viper’s Bugloss: a pretty roadside weed. That gorgeous shade of blue gives away its place in the borage family.
Scott thigh-deep in ferns trying to call in Barred Owls: no luck, but he managed to really t-off a family of Sapsuckers. They are very excitable birds!
We found a real treat late in the day; begging calls from a dark swampy place off the side of the road led us to this baby Black-backed Woodpecker. If you squint your eyes you can see one of the parents feeding it at the nest entrance. Click on the pic! We also had really nice looks at Ruffed Grouse – a hen with two chicks along the side of the road.
Dogbane was just coming into flower and drew in this Atlantis Fritillary…
and lots of Clearwing Moths which are impossible to photograph well, I think.
Prettiest bird of the day was this singing Mourning Warbler – a gorgeous and cooperative male photographed by Scott. You knew already I didn’t take that pic, right?