Just finished Spring - a chilly start and a HOT finish! "Now" it feels like Summer! Crazy stuff...
The pastures here have been mixed in their forbs, but mostly everything has been a couple weeks later than the average from years past. Just yesterday I realized that the Prairie Phlox just bloomed and the Spiderwort is about finished. The June Grass was at its peak last week an now maturing quickly along with the Porcupine Grass.
I have been playing catch up here in the Studio as usual - I have only been able to get out one morning before sunrise this June...it has been so windy that the small stuff in the pasture hasn't been too willing to hold reasonably still for my camera. But - the evenings on the "Prairie Schooner" (my old '82 EZ-Go electric golf cart) have been fun...one thing I've been chasing are the Dickcissels, which are more numerous this year.
We have been hearing Bobolinks "occasionally"...don't know if they are nesting here or not? We are just holding our breath that the pasture across the road from us "Doesn't" get mowed before the end of June this summer. Last summer it'd been mowed early and we lost the nesting Bobolinks...a very sad occurrence...very sad.
Our Meadowlark population sounds decent - more calling than last summer...some behind us...we are hopeful there too.
I'll end this post with a guest blog I wrote on invitation for Bleeding Heartland's "Wildflower Wednesday" - give it a read if you have a moment. I hope you enjoy it! Have a good summer - and stay cool out there!