Thursday, July 1, 2010

Fleeting summer

Can you believe it is nearly the 4th of July??!! The prairie is in "exploding" with color at this time of year. We have several acres of pale purple coneflowers and a large field of purple prairie clover in bloom. They are breathtaking. We have given lots of tours the last couple weeks for people who want the take advantage of some rare scenery and wonderful photo opportunities. The Bobolinks are eager to perform every time we take someone to the pasture to see them. They love to show off and sing their beautiful song. It is hard to believe they will be packing up their "brood" and going to Argentina in a few short weeks. They leave late July or early August for their long flight south. The red winged blackbirds are plentiful as well as many other ground nesting species, but we have a special place in our hearts for the Bobolinks. A young woman from Maryland said they looked like flying skunks, I guess she is not the only one, after talking to seasoned "birders".
We have been keeping our crew busy pulling thistles and harvesting wetland seed, Dudley rush and Manna grass this week--we'll see what is ready next week. Have a happy and safe 4th.
Bev