20160528 Indigo Bunting and Meadowhawk?

We had a fleeting glimpse of an Indigo Bunting in the ash trees bordering the stream across Hwy 69 from my place.  It sang a few bars of its song and flew off.  Not the greatest photo, but I only see these beauties during this part of the year so I posted it for you.


The Black (Rum) Cherries are starting to bloom in protected areas, about a week later than Pincherries.


The Trilliums are starting to turn to pink/purple as they gradually fade from the understory:


Labrador Tea is starting to bloom.  Key identifier is the orange/rusty coloured hairs on the underside of their leaves.   The tea is very ordinary to my taste!   They will be in full bloom in the tamarack swamps on Hwy 529 next week, along the very attractive Sheep Laurel …


Here is some sort of Meadowhawk, I think.  A lot of them, dozens, were patrolling the wet roadside ditches along Hwy 529, flashing in the sun.  Occasionally they would alight, usually on a raspberry cane, to chew their food.  I don’t know how that works.  Do they carry a mouthfull of prey around or do they regurgitate?  It seems that the best strategy to photo them is to park in a likely spot, where you see some flitting about, feeding on flying insects and wait until they land.  Then it is sometimes possible to sneak up on a few.


Click on it for a close-up :


Common Grackle finding morsels at water’s edge.


This is a good reason for dragonflies to rest well above the water …