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  •  Another beautiful day here in mid Mo. Took a short (5+ / 0-)

    walk this morning and saw the first dragonfly of the year. It was out in an open field, not really close to any water and seemed to be hunting. I got a couple of pics and it will be a new species for me once I figure out what it is. ID work on it will have to wait awhile as I'm overloaded trying to ID my April moths, which are really starting to pile up on me. Not complaining though, I'm having a great time with them and learning so much. I'm amazed at how many different species we have right here around the place. And I'm so surprised at how beautiful so many of them are when you put them on the computer and blow them up to where you can really get a good look at them.
    Some are truly gorgeous animals, and would take second place to nothing I can think of. One of these days I'm going to do a photo diary on them so more people can see the beauty of those "annoying little brown moths" that gather around their porch light. In the meantime I urge all of you to turn on your porch light and take your camera out and get some close ups of what ever comes around. I think you'll be surprised. I sure was. And it's not only moths, there are beetles galore, all sorts of weird flies, midges, true bugs, a little bit of everything,  and occasionally even spiders show up to dine on some of them. Give it a try.

    Five purple martins made several passes around both martin houses today and two of them landed on the old house but all of them left after a short time and I haven't seen them back since. The new house I just put up has already attracted house sparrows so I'll have to get out there and discourage them tomorrow.

    Two bald eagles soared over the house this morning. We've been seeing a few of them from the place every year for the past few years even though there are none nesting around here that I've ever found. But there are plenty of them on the Missouri river which is only about twenty miles, as the crow, or eagle, flies and that's probably not much more than a short jaunt for them.

    A great horned owl was calling while I was outside mothing tonight. And a couple whippoorwills. But the tree frogs almost drowned them all out.

    Just give me some truth. John Lennon

    by burnt out on Wed May 01, 2013 at 01:26:12 AM PDT

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