Ha! As soon as I say we haven’t seen ducklings in days, look who shows up on the river.
And just to keep things interesting, a female or juvenile common merganser (Mergus merganser), which I don’t believe we’ve seen in the park before, was heading down river this morning. After I caught just enough of a glimpse with my binoculars to know it was something special, I had to drop everything and sprint down the river trail to get along side of it for even this not-too-great image. Yay! Something new.
I also saw three blue herons fly by and was lucky enough to stumble across one pausing to get a bite and who appears to be a juvenile, which we haven’t seen before, either.
Wow. That’s a lot of waterfowl all of a sudden. Happily, there were some bugs out and about to mix things up a bit. First up is our old buddy, the silver-spotted skipper (Epargyreus clarus). This morning he chose Queen Anne’s Lace to pose on and got photobombed by a bee.
And here’s a pink-edged sulphur (Colias interior), which we just saw a couple of days ago, but who could say no to this image?
Finally, we’ve go one more newcomer, and according to Identifying Hairy Caterpillars, it is either a Cream-spot Tiger Moth, a White Ermine Moth, or a The Ruby Tiger Moth, all of whom are stunners, eh?
Oh, and I collected my winnings from MKEBrewHero this morning. I don’t have any pictures, but they took some, and I’ll include a link if and when they post them.