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Drake Northern Shoveler

Posted by on Jan 10, 2017

Drake Northern Shoveler

Here is a better and more fitting look at a drake Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata) and the special bill it uses to filter everything from small invertebrates to seeds from the water. It makes you wonder why other ducks don’t have such a terrific...

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Northern Shoveler

Posted by on Dec 27, 2016

Northern Shoveler

This drake Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata) was one of several swimming and feeding in an unfrozen treatment plant outflow on a recent evening. I took a distant shot through grass so as not to flush them. Even eclipse plumage cannot hide that identification thanks to that enormous bill! Scott Kruitbosch Conservation & Outreach...

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Monarch Butterfly on Butterfly

Posted by on Dec 15, 2016

Monarch Butterfly on Butterfly

Here is a look back to this summer at a butterfly on butterfly – in this case it is the Monarch (Danaus plexippus) on a Butterfly Bush (Buddleia). Look at all the glorious details on this stunning individual! Bask in the warm glow of the hot sun on the beautiful orange wings. Do you feel less cold yet? Butterfly bushes are a difficult subject. On the one hand, they are non-native, and it seems that in certain areas and regions they can readily spread and exclude some of our native vegetation. Native plants also often do provide more nutrition for native species of insects, birds, and...

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Blue Jay Caching

Posted by on Nov 8, 2016

Blue Jay Caching

If this Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) looks a little strange…or lumpy…it is because it was hard at work caching last month. All of those acorns will not store (or plant) themselves! They are said to be able to carry five acorns at a time and store several thousand over a productive fall season. I wonder how many it will be able to remember come winter, and how many will be left after squirrels, chipmunks, other rodents or birds take their share… Scott Kruitbosch Conservation & Outreach...

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Still Not Spring

Posted by on Oct 29, 2016

Still Not Spring

It is not spring even though many Clouded and Orange Sulphur butterflies continue flying and feeding on nectar sources like this dandelion. Something that gives away the relative date of this photo is the low sun angle adding light from the side as we are less than two months from the winter solstice. You can also see a little bee mimic fly venturing into the flower,...

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