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Birds And Butterflies

Birds and butterflies photographed from March through mid September 2015, in Oklahoma and presented in chronological order.

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Male Northern Cardinal, Selman Ranch, Harper County
Male Northern Cardinal, Selman Ranch, Harper County
Male Red-bellied Woodpecker, Selman Ranch
Male Red-bellied Woodpecker, Selman Ranch
Osprey, Ft.Supply Lake
Osprey, Ft.Supply Lake
White-faced Ibis, Ft. Supply Lake
White-faced Ibis, Ft. Supply Lake
Male Lesser Prairie Chicken Courtship Display, Selman Ranch
Male Lesser Prairie Chicken Courtship Display, Selman Ranch
Common Tern, Ft. Supply Lake
Common Tern, Ft. Supply Lake
Common Nighthawk, Harper County
Common Nighthawk, Harper County
Yellow-headed Blackbird, Ft. Supply Lake
Male Yellow-headed Blackbird, Ft. Supply Lake
Male Northern Bob-white Quail, Cooper Wildlife Management Area
Male Northern Bob-white Quail, Cooper Wildlife Management Area
Black Swallowtail Butterfly on Wavy-leaf Thistle, Cooper Wildlife Management Area
Black Swallowtail Butterfly on Wavy-leaf Thistle, Cooper Wildlife Management Area
Fledgeling Northern Cardinal, Ft. Supply Lake
Fledgeling Northern Cardinal, Ft. Supply Lake
Killdeer, Ft.Supply Lake
Killdeer, Ft.Supply Lake
American Kestrel Chasing Red-tailed Hawk, Cooper Wildlife Management Area
American Kestrel Chasing Red-tailed Hawk, Cooper Wildlife Management Area
Dark Morph Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Boiling Springs State Park
Dark Morph Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Boiling Springs State Park
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Boiling Springs State Park
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Boiling Springs State Park
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Boiling Springs State Park
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Boiling Springs State Park
Dark Morph Eastern Tiger Swallowtail and Two Eastern Tiger Swallowtails, Boiling Springs Stare Park
Dark Morph Eastern Tiger Swallowtail and Two Eastern Tiger Swallowtails, Boiling Springs State Park
Two Dark Morph Eastern Tiger Swallowtails and Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Boiling Springs State Park
Two Dark Morph Eastern Tiger Swallowtails and Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Boiling Springs State Park
Monarch Butterfly on Rocky Mountain Bee Plant, Selman Ranch
Monarch Butterfly on Rocky Mountain Bee Plant, Selman Ranch

Western Oklahoma Wildflowers

The wildflowers of western Oklahoma have been waiting four years for the drought to break and it happened this spring.  They burst forth with a tremendous display of color and beauty. These photos were made between May 21st and June 27th, 2015 and are presented in chronological order.

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Gaillardia/Indian Blanket, State Wildflower of Oklahoma
Gaillardia/Indian Blanket, State Wildflower of Oklahoma
Purple Poppy Mallow/Wine Cup. Cooper Wildlife Management Area
Purple Poppy Mallow/Wine Cup, Cooper Wildlife Management Area
Pale Purple Coneflower, Harper County, Oklahoma
Pale Purple Coneflower, Harper County, Oklahoma
Pale Purple Coneflower, Harper County, Oklahoma
Pale Purple Coneflower, Harper County, Oklahoma
Upright Prairie Coneflower, Harper County, Oklahoma
Upright Prairie Coneflower, Harper County, Oklahoma
Gaillardia/Indian Blanket And Honeybee, Harper County, Oklahoma
Gaillardia/Indian Blanket And Honeybee, Harper County, Oklahoma
Spiderwort, Fort Supply Wildlife Management Area
Spiderwort, Fort Supply Wildlife Management Area
Gaillardia/Indian Blanket, Near Gage, Oklahoma
Gaillardia/Indian Blanket, Near Gage, Oklahoma
Indian Paintbrush, Wichita Mountains National Wildlife  Refuge
Indian Paintbrush, Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge
Spectacle Pod, Cooper Wildlife Management Area
Spectacle Pod, Cooper Wildlife Management Area
Goat's Rue, Cooper Wildlife Management Area
Goat’s Rue, Cooper Wildlife Management Area
Gaillardia/Indian Blanket, Cooper WMA
Gaillardia/Indian Blanket, Cooper WMA
Pale Purple Coneflower, Harper County, Oklahoma
Pale Purple Coneflower, Harper County, Oklahoma
Upright Prairie Coneflower, Cooper WMA
Upright Prairie Coneflower, Cooper WMA
Lemon Monarda, Cooper WMA
Lemon Monarda, Cooper WMA
Tree Cholla, Cooper WMA   Note: This cactus does not commonly occur this far east and this one may have been transplanted before this area was acquired by the state.
Tree Cholla, Cooper WMA
Note: This cactus does not ordinarially occur this far east and this one may have been transplanted before this area was acquired by the state.
Prairie Lilly, Gloss Mountains State Park
Prairie Lilly, Gloss Mountains State Park
Purple Prairie Clover, Gloss Mountains State Park
Purple Prairie Clover, Gloss Mountains State Park
Prairie Coneflower/Mexican Hat
Prairie Coneflower/Mexican Hat, Cooper WMA

Monarch Migration

The monarch butterfly migration passes through northwestern Oklahoma the latter part of September through very early October.  These monarchs were photographed from the 14th through the 22nd of September 2011.  They were feeding on the Rocky Mountain bee plant in the Cooper Wildlife Management Area.

_IGP9737The Rocky Mountain bee plant’s abundant nectar is very attractive not only to bees but also to butterflies and moths.

_IGP9891This monarch can be identified as a male by the black spots on its hind wings.

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Because they usually rest with their wings closed, they are difficult to photograph with their wings spread.

_IGP9929This is a female. It lacks the spots on the hind wings as the males have. The veins are also wider.

_IGP0013The Rocky Mountain bee plant is also found on the Great Plains.  It is a large plant growing up to five feet tall with many flowers and draws a number of migrating monarchs.

Wildflowers From Years Past

2011 has been an exceptionally dry year in northwestern Oklahoma. This area has received less than five inches of precipitation so far this year, about one-third of normal.  To make matters worse, the drought began in October 2010. From April through June wildflowers are usually abundant in this area and I concentrate on wildflower scenics and close-ups. This year, however, it seems an effort in futility and a waste of gasoline to search for wildflowers to any extent. Therefore, I am posting images from prior years.

The gaillardia or indian blanket is Oklahoma's state Wildflower. Photographed at Cooper The gaillardia or indian blanket is Oklahoma’s state wildflower.

Variegated fritillary butterfly on indian blanket. Cooper Wildlife Management Area.Variegated fritillary butterfly on indian blanket. Cooper Wildlife Management  Area.

Prairie coneflower, Cooper Wildlife Management Area.Prairie coneflower, Cooper Wildlife Management Area.

Missouri goldenrod, Cooper Wildlife Management Area.Missouri goldenrod, Cooper Wildlife Management Area.

Purple poppy mallow, Woodward CountyPurple poppy mallow or wine cup, Woodward County.

Horse mint and sage brush, Cooper Wildlife Management Area.Horse mint and sagebrush, Cooper Wildlife Management Area.

Regal fritillary on butterfly weed, Cooper Wildlife management Area.Regal fritillary on butterfly weed, Cooper Wildlife Management Area.

Prickly poppy, Cooper Wildlife Management Area.Prickly poppy, Cooper Wildlife Management Area.

Eastern cottontail rabbit among gaillardia, Boiling Springs State Park.Eastern cottontail rabbit among indian blanket, Boiling Springs State Park.

Prickly pear cactus, Cooper Wildlife Management Area.Prickly pear cactus, Cooper Wildlife Management Area.