Sunrise on the Maumee

Sunrise on the Maumee

Saturday, May 14, 2016

We Were Correct

We did correctly identify Lyre-leaved Rock Cress last week.  
We monitored an area of Oak Openings yesterday referred to as the Monclova Sand Pits, which is an open meadow.  The Lyre-leaved Rock Cress was much larger compared to what we found last week in a wooded area and much easier to identify.
It was a beautiful day.  
The Lupine and Plains Puccoon were beginning to bloom.

So were the Dwarf Dandelion, the diminutive native cousin of the Dandelion that grows in our lawns.  
Birdsfoot Violet is in the background.

The birds were singing, including several Towhees. 
The Blueberries were blooming.  
The blossoms attracted many insects, including this Duskywing who is nectaring upside down.  

I am not sure of the species.

On the way back we stopped in another wooded area to check on the Gaywings.  They rise only an inch or two above the forest floor, but are so brightly colored they are easy to find when in bloom.

1 comment:

  1. I imagine that Gay wings received their name before the more modern usage. What sweet little flowers.