It was a nice cool morning and a good thing that I could wear long pants and sleeves because man-o-man the mosquitos are getting thick out there! I sprayed insect repellent straight on my face after getting bit in my eyebrow! Luckily, I thought to close my eyes first. At least I stayed out of the water this time.
After doing my best with the sandpiper, I heard the call of a belted kingfisher down stream, and I took a look just in time to catch this scene. That’s a male (upper left without a “chestnut belly band”) delivering a nice, big, fresh fish to a young female (lower right with a “chestnut belly band”). That’s a sweet father-daughter moment, eh?
I watched him deliver fish twice, and then I tried to move down river myself for a better shot. He called once in a while, but he never came back before I gave up. I did have a much better shot, but she seemed just as tired of waiting as I was. You know how teenagers get when waiting for food, right?
The good news is that I was treated to this spectacle for my troubles. Canada geese! Remember them?
Meanwhile, back on shore, the parade of blossoms continues. From left/top to right/bottom, we’ve got what appears to be fairy wand, blazing-star, devil’s bit, false unicorn, or helonias (Chamaelirium luteum) below the beer garden; and wild teasel (Dipsacus fullonum) by the boat launch, similar to but pinker than the cutleaf teasel (Dipsacus laciniatus) the we saw last week.
Common evening-primrose (Oenothera biennis) is blooming in several places, especially along the Oak Leaf trail; and tall hairy agrimony (Agrimonia gryposepala) is blooming along the river south of the falls.
Finally, these bees are really digging this sow thistle in bloom by the southern entrance from Wilson Drive.
Enjoy this break in the heat, because I hear it will be returning soon.