The first four photos today come from reader Stephen Barnard of Idaho. The captions are his:
This Barn Swallow [Hirundo rustica] is raising a brood over my porch and making a mess of the deck.
Hitch [the new border collie puppy] in a goofy pose.
A garter snake photographed by Rick Longworth:
I used to catch Garter Snakes [Thamnophis sirtalis] as a kid living in Ontario. Even though I knew they were not poisonous, once a really big one clamped onto my hand and wouldn’t let go. I could feel dozens of tiny teeth embedded in my hand as I tried to walk home with it. I didn’t want to pull it off for fear of damaging the poor thing.I saw this fellow in the yard (central New York State). It’s about 2 and a half feet long.
These were taken over Memorial Day weekend 2016, using my point-and-shoot Nikon. With its 30x optical zoom, it can take some pretty good photos.The first photo (lewis 1) is a Lewis’ woodpecker (Melanerpes lewis) outside its nest in a tree at Fort Simcoe State Historical Park about 35 miles from Yakima, Washington. If you look close, you can see an orange-y grub in its beak. I also took a short video showing the bird entering the nest. The second photo shows it peeking out of the nest hole. The third photo was taken of one getting its own lunch from another tree in the park.