We have been out to the cabin several times this year. Last trip, we found hera buck moth caterpillars. I brought a few back to see if I can get them to pupate. I put them in a jar and they formed a caterpillar "train"! They are now in a more natural setting in a screen enclosure outside and a plastic box inside.
On the way back from the cabin, we saw this sign:
The last two trips out, we took pictures of wildflowers and critters. We saw three badgers in one day (always a good day when you see badgers!), plus a fox, several eagles and a baby antelope on other trips.
we photographed on the way to the cabin. This
type of paintbrush grows mostly in Shirley Basin.
It's greenish or purplish, unlike the more common
red paintbrush. Indian paintbrush has many
species growing throughout Wyoming.
These are wild irises.
The ducks are now quite large. They are allowed out of the pen during the day as long as someone is home. It took a bit, but they are now wondering about the windbreak and garden areas most of the day. These ducks are more docile than the Rouens than we had last year, though these are by far noisier. They almost sound like geese when they get to quacking. They know me and will stay lying down in the grass when I come by, but they don't know my hubby yet, so they still stand up and start quacking when he goes by. It's interesting the difference between the two breeds of ducks. The Pekins still lie down a lot and it wasn't until yesterday that I actually saw them "playing" in the water container we have for them to jump in. Until yesterday, they would drink out of it, but not jump in. The Rouens would immediately run to the pans when I turned them loose and jump right in. The Pekins are much larger than the Rouens already. We are watching to see how these work out before we decide what species to get next year.
|Bug hunting in the windbreak trees!|
This is a kingbird atop the empty feeder. A pair of these have built a next in the windbreak and like to dive at me and squawk when I go past the tree. They hover above me and make as much noise as possible. This is the first year I can remember them nesting in the trees, though I always see several of them in my yard each year.