Saturday, May 22, 2010

Fringed Milkwort

Fringed Milkwort, or Gay-wings, Polygala paucifolia, Presque Isle County, Michigan.

One of myriad interesting wildflowers in this remote and sparsely populated corner of the upper Lower Peninsula.

Our crew had tons of great birds today. We just returned from watching and listening to scores of Whip-poor-wills, some of which were hunting on the road and treating us to their luminescent red eye shine. Just before that, we watched an American Bittern "singing".

This morning, we were treated to Kirtland's Warblers singing at close range, a hybrid Brewster's Warbler paired with a female Golden-winged Warbler, Black-billed Cuckoo, Lincoln's Sparrow on territory, Bobolinks, and about 90 other species.

If you've not been up here, you really must visit. We'll be doing this workshop next year in late May and it'll be every bit as good. For info about NettieBay Lodge, GO HERE.


Janet Creamer said...

What a beautiful and interesting flower. The orchid, with all its tiny hairs, is also very cool. Thanks for sharing.

Vickie said...

Lovely milkwort! Plant names are almost as intriguing as the flowers themselves.