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Living things in Shaw Nature Reserve.....

Though we didn't, obviously, spot any earth-shakingly rare species at the Shaw Nature Reserve, what we saw kept us happy and going for a long time! Let me start with this image of the delightful

EASTERN BLUEBIRDS

sitting so companionably and greeting-cardly together!

eastern bluebirds 050610

A lifer for me was the

INDIGO BUNTING:

indigo bunting 050610 shaw

Here it is, singing:






Once again, soaring on the thermals, far above us, we got the

TURKEY VULTURE:

turkey vulture shaw 050610

Far away, an

EASTERN PHOEBE

sat and watched us!

eastern phoebe?

Some more lifers (id'd later by Danny Brown) were: this female

ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK:

female rose-breasted grosbeak 050610

this male

EASTERN TOWHEE

male Eastern Towhee 050610

this

YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT:

yellow-breasted chat


and this bird which is obviously some

FLYCATCHER

(though I can't say precisely which!)

un id flycatcher 050610

All those birds were really far away so I have NO apologies about the quality of those photographs! Grassland birds seem to either sit far away or high up...not that other birds are much better....

On the way back, I got a quick shot from the moving car, of this

RED-TAILED HAWK

being mobbed by the

GRACKLES

after it did a swooping, stunning (but obviously unsuccessful) dive-attack on a target that I could not see (probably a nestling)

red-tailed hawk mobbed by grackles 030610

Here's a juvenile Eastern Bluebird singing:






There were not as many

BUTTERFLIES

as I would have thought, given that the glades were full of wildflowers. However, I managed to photograph this

GREATER SPANGLED FRITILLARY:

great spangled fritillary


this tiny

BLUE

(don't know which one, exactly)

some blue b'fly 050610

and this one, which, at home, would be the

COMMON FIVE-RING

sitting happily on Malvika's shoe!

common five-ring 050610

INSECTS

Casey, who is a native Missourian, has so much "casual knowledge" (he doesn't parade it, but he casually mentions facts!) about various things. I saw several insects in the stream that he id'd as

DIVING BEETLES

but I couldn't get a good photograph of them, so just click on their name to read the Wiki entry about them.

However, he did show me the fearsome fangs of this

BEETLE:

beetle and fangs 050610

I got this beautiful

DRAGONFLY

(don't ask me which one precisely!)

on the rocks near the stream:


dragonfly 030610

we found these insects, which reminded me of the

COTTON-STAINER BUGS

at home:

cotton-stainer bug-like shaw 050610

They were on the flowering tree I've photographed below, too:


cs type bug on allegheny chinkapin

The variety of

PLANTS and WILDFLOWERS

was lovely to see. I have no time for all the ids, but here are some that I photographed:


colour in leaves shaw

well, these are

DAISIES

...even I know that!


daisies


red trumpet flower creeper 050610

ball lily like flower 050610


bell-shaped white flowers 050610

This beautiful tree, which Malvika has id'd as the

ALLEGHENY CHINKAPIN, was full of flowers, on which those mating bugs sat:

allegheny chinkapin tree flowers 050610


We saw only two

MAMMALS

...the ubiquitous

COTTONTAIL RABBITS

and right at the end of our visit, a

WHITE-TAIL DEER

from the car; we could not get a shot of the deer,



so here's a closing shot of the most delightful baby rabbit!




baby cottontail
Tags: bird of prey, birding, butterflies, flowers, forest, insects, mammals, nature, rabbits, st louis, weekend, wildlife
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