Today we have a panoply of Barnardia: the photos of Stephen Barnard from Idaho. The notes are his:
North American Otters (Lontra canadensis) in the upper pond this morning. They probably have some youngsters around but I didn’t see them.
Barn Swallow chick (Hirundo rustica). They’ve tried to nest on this spot over my porch for years but the nest always fell down, until now.
Here’s the mess under the nest. This shit is hard to clean up.
Common Nighthawk (Chordeiles minor):
Trico dun (species unknown). For some reason the trout don’t go for these much, but they’re crazy about the spinners.
Hoverfly (species unknown) on a Blue Flax [Linum lewisii] flower. By the way, someone on Facebook mistook this for a yellow jacket — possibly a case of mimicry? [JAC: Almost certainly!]
Rocky Mountain Bee Plant (Cleome serrulata):