Hwy 529, Cow Parsnip, Ox Eye Daisy, Brewer’s Blackbird, Painted Lady, Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Clearwing Hummingbird Moth, Monarch, Blanding’s Turtle
At 20170613 there is a photo of Cow Parsnip with this advice:
Near the Twin Rivers Bridge, at the confluence of Harris Creek and Naiscoot River, there are many Cow Parsnip plants growing along the roadside. Although they are somewhat phototoxic they are not as deadly as their look-alike close cousin, Giant Hogweed.
A nice little explanation showing the difference is at this link. It makes sense to avoid both plants.
This photo shows a slightly later stage of development, as the sheath unfolds to show the flower head emerging to eventually form an umbel, the characteristic inflorescence of the carrot family.
Roadside Ox Eye Daisies are in full bloom now, attracting and feeding many pollinators … and enhancing the roadside.
When I first saw this bird I thought that it was a Red Winged Blackbird. But NO RED. And it certainly wasn’t a female. Too small for a Common Grackle. I eventually decided that it was a Brewer’s Blackbird, an uncommon sight for me. Here is some interesting background on that bird in this neck of the woods.
Note size, yellow eyes and iridescence as this birdie takes a load of protein to its nest….
Painted Lady on a yellow hawkweed. Good news for Albertans this year!
Eastern Tiger Swallowtails are also feasting on newly flowering yellow hawkweed.
This was a surprise. My first sighting of a Clearwing Hummingbird Moth on orange hawkweed. The flowers had just opened today.
Proboscis is starting to uncoil for arrival at the next feeding station.
First one of the season! This year’s migration map indicates that they’ve been here for about a week. This is a great site.
I had seen some Viceroy Butterflies earlier but couldn’t get a photo. Here is a great exercise for telling the difference between Monarch, Viceroy and Queen Butterflies.
A large Blanding’s Turtle is checking the photog out from a safe distance. It slipped into the water afterwards.
Here’s an interesting news report about new crops for BC agriculture.