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Photos from gravel-pit 32km north of Thompson on 2004-Jul21:
wigwam: framework Moose (Alces alces): droppings under wigwam Doris: probes a nesting-cavity - using a stick this time
-- we visited that gravel-pit after hearing reports of Showy ladyslippers being found there, well north of their "known" range - but we found them not.


Photos from across the road from that gravel-pit on 2004-Jul21:
Buff-breasted sandpiper (Tryngites subruficollis)?: Buff-breasted sandpiper (Tryngites subruficollis)?: Buff-breasted sandpiper (Tryngites subruficollis)?: Buff-breasted sandpiper (Tryngites subruficollis)?: Buff-breasted sandpiper (Tryngites subruficollis)?: Buff-breasted sandpiper (Tryngites subruficollis)?: Buff-breasted sandpiper (Tryngites subruficollis)?: Green bog-orchid (Platanthera hyperborea/aquilonis/huronensis): plant+pods Green bog-orchid (Platanthera hyperborea/aquilonis/huronensis):
-- that sandpiper-like bird seemed very upset by my presence; my Peterson's shows no bird which, in breeding-season, looks like that, and which nests in this region.


Photos from near that gravel-pit on 2004-Jul21:
Sandhill crane (Grus canadensis): Sandhill crane (Grus canadensis): pair doing a line-dance Sandhill crane (Grus canadensis): pair doing a line-dance Sandhill crane (Grus canadensis): pair doing a line-dance Sandhill crane (Grus canadensis): pair doing a line-dance

Photos from near GrandRapids on 2004-Jul21:
Red fox (Vulpes vulpes): kits on road Red fox (Vulpes vulpes): kits on road Red fox (Vulpes vulpes): kits on road Red fox (Vulpes vulpes): kits on road Red fox (Vulpes vulpes): kits on road

Photos from north of Gypsumville on 2004-Jul22:
Common gaillardia (Gaillardia aristata): Ramshead ladyslipper (Cypripedium arietinum): fresh pod Cow wheat (Melampyrum lineare): Smooth death-camas (Zigadenus elegans): flowers Smooth death-camas (Zigadenus elegans): plant Pearl-crescent butterfly (Phyciodes tharos): on Fleabane (Erigeron sp) Microdon syrphid-fly (Microdon sp): on Yarrow (Achillea sp) Microdon syrphid-fly (Microdon sp): on Death-camas (Zigadenus sp) Microdon syrphid-fly (Microdon sp): on Death-camas (Zigadenus sp) tighter crop Microdon syrphid-fly (Microdon sp): on Death-camas (Zigadenus sp) tight crop Uroleucon aphid (Uroleucon sp): many on Death-camas (Zigadenus sp) Uroleucon aphid (Uroleucon sp): many on Death-camas (Zigadenus sp)
-- D Ames thought that green fly or wasp on Yarrow and Death-camas was possibly a Tiphiidae wasp;
- Bob Lamb and Pat MacKay have identified it as a syrphid-fly (hover-fly or flower-fly), possibly genus Microdon. This group has larvae that live in ant colonies, and the adults feed on pollen and nectar. (If a wasp, it may be thinking of predating aphids; if one of the hoverflies whose larvae feed on aphids it may be thinking of laying an egg in the aphid colony; the presence of pollen on its body suggests it is feeding on pollen and nectar.)
- Lamb and MacKay also say the aphids may be a species in the genus Uroleucon, although these usually feed on composites. [personal communication 05April]


Photos from south of Gypsumville on 2004-Jul22:
Pink paintbrush (Castilleja sp): Pink paintbrush (Castilleja sp): Pink paintbrush (Castilleja sp):

Photos from Arden+Lundar (town-icons) on 2004-Jul22:
the: Arden Sharptail grouse (Tympanuchus phasianellus) the: Lundar Canada goose (Branta canadensis)