< May 2014 >

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Contents

Wednesday, 7th May Cats
Friday, 9th May Heron Haven, Omaha NE
Driving in Nebraska
Sunday, 11th May Common grackle
Monday, 12th May Lincoln, NE, and cats
Tuesday, 13th May Driving in Nebraska and Iowa
Elk Horn, IA
Driving in Iowa
Winterset, IA (birthplace of John Wayne)
Thursday, 15th May Sunken Gardens, Lincoln, NE
Friday, 16th May Cupid and a peanut van
Saturday, 17th May Pioneers Park, Lincoln NE
Ursa
Monday, 26th May A cinnabar moth

Wednesday, 7th May

Cass and Taylor Taylor
Cupid Taylor Ursa

Tuesday, 9th May

Heron Haven, Omaha NE

Heron Haven Common grackle (Quiscalus quiscula) Red-winged blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) Red-winged blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)
Bell's vireo (Vireo bellii) Bell's vireo (Vireo bellii) Bell's vireo (Vireo bellii) American yellow warbler (Setophaga petechia)
Canada goose (Branta canadensis) and goslings Canada goose (Branta canadensis) gosling Canada goose (Branta canadensis) goslings Canada geese (Branta canadensis) and goslings
Canada goose (Branta canadensis) goslings Blue-winged teal (Anas discors) Blue-winged teal (Anas discors)
Western painted turtles (Chrysemys picta bellii) Muskrat (Ondatra zibethicus) Northern leopard frog (Lithobates pipiens) Eastern fox squirrel (Sciurus niger)

Driving in Nebraska

US-75 near Fort Calhoun, NE Fort Calhoun Nuclear Power Plant

Sunday, 11th May

Common grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)

Monday, 12th May

Ursa and Missy are rescued strays. At the moment, they're very timid and spend nearly all their time in the bathroom, hiding behind the toilet. Normally, they snuggle up together but Ursa was out exploring until he saw me, spooked, scuttled into the bathroom and climbed on top of Missy, even though he's literally twice her size.

Quick Nick's Snappy Lube Ursa and Missy

Tuesday, 13th May

Driving in Nebraska and Iowa

Republic F-105D Thunderchief Grain silos Pettit's Pastry Hardware store
I-80, just west of Council Bluffs, IA I-80, near Underwood, IA Wind turbine pylon on truck, near Shelby, IA McDonald's sign, I-80, near Shelby, IA
Crop sprayer on a truck, I-80, near Walnut, IA Wind turbines, near Walnut, IA Trucks, I-80, near Marne, IA Replacement of Indian Creek bridge, I-80, near Marne
Danish windmill sign, I-80, near Marne, IA Elk Horn welcome sign, IA-173, near Elk Horn, IA IA-173, near Elk Horn, IA Elk Horn welcome sign, IA-173, near Elk Horn, IA

Elk Horn, IA

Elk Horn claims to be the largest rural Danish community outside Denmark, though one suspects they might claim that any larger community would be urban! They imported a windmill from Denmark, and rebuilt it in the village in the mid 1970s.

Hans Christian Andersen bust Lobstah and Hans Christian Andersen bust Danish windmill Danish windmill Miniature Danish windmill Miniature Danish windmill
Windmill and visitor centre Tiny chapel Replica Viking house Shelby County State Bank

Driving in Iowa

Barn, by IA-173, near Elk Horn, IA IA-173, near Elk Horn, IA Western Skies Scenic Byway sign, IA-173, near Elk Horn, IA Rest area near Adair, I-80, IA
I-80, near Earlham, IA I-80, De Soto, IA US-169, north of Winterset, IA US-169, Winterset, IA

Winterset, IA

North 1st St, Winterset, IA Madison County Courthouse Madison County Courthouse Madison County Courthouse House
John Wayne birth house John Wayne statue John Wayne statue John Wayne statue
John Wayne van John Wayne van John Wayne van John Wayne street sign

Thursday, 15th May

The Sunken Gardens haven't been replanted yet so there wasn't a lot to see, except for an American robin hunting bugs.

Lily Yellow flowers Purple flowers Tulip
American robin (Turdus migratorius) American robin (Turdus migratorius) American robin (Turdus migratorius) American robin (Turdus migratorius)

Friday, 16th May

Cupid Planters peanut van

Saturday, 17th May

Pioneers Park, Lincoln, NE

Bison bench Stuffed bobcat (Lynx rufus) Stuffed bobcat (Lynx rufus)
Western painted turtles (Chrysemys picta bellii) Western painted turtles (Chrysemys picta bellii) Western painted turtle (Chrysemys picta bellii) Western painted turtle (Chrysemys picta bellii)
Canada goose (Branta canadensis) Canada goose (Branta canadensis) Canada goose (Branta canadensis) Canada goose (Branta canadensis) on nest
Gray catbird (Dumetella carolinensis) Gray catbird (Dumetella carolinensis) American robin (Turdus migratorius) Red-winged blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)
Baltimore oriole (Icterus galbula) Baltimore oriole (Icterus galbula) White-breasted nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) Male downy woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) Pine grosbeak (Pinicola enucleator)
Male downy woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) Downy woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) and pine grosbeak (Pinicola enucleator) Juvenile pine grosbeak (Pinicola enucleator) Sparrow (Passer domesticus) American goldfinch (Carduelis tristis) and rose-breasted grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus)
American goldfinch (Carduelis tristis) Red-bellied woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) Red-bellied woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) Red-winged blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) Blue jay (Cyanocitta cristata)
Barn owl (Tyto alba) Ornate box turtle (Terrapene ornata) American mink (Neovison vison) American mink (Neovison vison) and western painted turtle (Chrysemys picta bellii)
American mink (Neovison vison) Harlan's hawk (Buteo jamaicensis harlani) Red-tailed hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) Harlan's hawk (Buteo jamaicensis harlani) Great horned owls (Bubo virginianus)
Northern cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) American robin (Turdus migratorius) American robin (Turdus migratorius) American robin (Turdus migratorius)
Elk (Cervus canadensis) Bison (Bison bison) Pioneers Park Nature Center Nebraska State Capitol

Ursa

Ursa

Monday, 26th May

Cinnabar moth (Tyria jacobaeae)


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