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Nature Trail at Lost Valley and Busch Conservation Area

Devin Peipert picked me up at 5.15am this morning, and we went to the Lost Valley:

DSC03627 lost valley sign  lost valley 200713

On the way, dawn was lovely:

DSC03623 morning sky  lost valley 200713

We crossed the Missouri river:

DSC03621 missri bridge 200713



The trail looked green, cool and inviting:

DSC03633 path  lost valley 200713

We walked around, using our binocs:

DSC03631 devin on path  lost valley 200713


We saw many wildflowers:

The
BLACK-EYED SUSAN

DSC03632 bl eyed susan  lost valley 200713


un id wldflwr  busch 200713

DSC03666 yellow wldflwr  busch 200713

This one seems to be of the Begonacae sp, common in India, too:

DSC03636 begonia sp  busch 200713



This was a "regular" mushroom:

DSC03673 rnd mushrm  busch 200713

and this was a conch-shaped mushroom that I've never seen before.

DSC03672 shell mshrm  busch 200713


I made Devin put his hand next to it for scale:

DSC03671 shell mshrm hand size  busch 200713

Some berries (blackberries? I don't know) caught our attention:

DSC03667 berries,  busch 200713

DSC03659 wld flwr  busch 200713


The Thistle may be a common weed, but it's so beautiful!

DSC03662 thistle bud,  busch 200713

We saw several

DRAGONFLIES

and I caught this one:

DSC03665 drgnfly  busch 200713

The woody vines looked beautiful:

DSC03635 liana lost valley 200713

This was the only (lousy) shot of the

ACADIAN FLYCATCHER

that I got, far away in the heavy foliage:

DSC03658 acadian flycthr  busch 200713


Several

WOOD THRUSHES

foraged along the path,but were quickly driven away by hikers:

hermit thrsh  busch 200713

We watched a few

EASTERN TOWHEE

foraging, and I got a quick video of the "turning-the-page" action:







As we came out, an

INDIGO BUNTING

sat on the wire to bid us goodbye:

DSC03681 indigo bunting   busch 200713


We then went to the Busch Conservation Area:

DSC03692 busch sign 200713



The water body, full of yellow lotuses, was a sight for sore eyes...

DSC03708 8 fld of ylw lotus yellow lotus,  busch 200713


3 yellow lotus,  busch 200713

On some of them,

RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS

were feeding; this is behaviour I'd not seen before.

A small (probably DOWNY) woodpecker was doing the same on the lotus blossoms!

On a tree branch (an unusual perch, Devin says) sat a

BROWN THRASHER (the state bird of Georgia):1

DSC03715







Here's Devin, talking to Those At Home:

DSC03749 devin, ds, home 200713

And enjoying some masala chai:

DSC03746 3  devin, ds, home 200713



It might not have rained bird-sightings, but it was a most enjoyable morning!

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