Saturday, May 2, 2009

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Ragged Painted Ladies
You've probably seen these Painted Ladies around the area. They look pretty worn out after traveling 500, 600 or maybe 700 miles from California. Art Shapiro at UCD says these are some of the migrants from California ( A truly amazing trip on those little wings!

The Bee Flies ( Bombyliidae) were out feeding on nectar with that long proboscis and pollinating our flowers. Interestingly, the larvae of these flies are parasites of solitary bees!

The Camas and Bradshaw's Lomatium are blooming at Willow Creek.

This Audubon's (Yellow-rumped) has caught an insect at Grimes Pond.

This Nashville Warbler was one of many at Willow Creek picking insects from blooming trees. Watching them, its amazing how many insects they can pull out of the blooms.

The Dowitchers were napping at Stewert Pond.

A Downy Woodpecker working on a tree at Willow Creek.

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