Not long ago, some bloggers were posting photos of the gray catbird. I was jealous; what a sharp-looking bird, I'd love to see one! Well then I started remembering 'that gray bird' I'd shot a bit ago, 7-1 it turns out, and I finally went back and double-checked. Hey, it IS a catbird! Yippee! Too bad it was too far to get a clear shot, but at least I did see one.
This pretty flower was growing in one spot in the W. Black Hills on 7-11. I had a great photo-op day that day. It appears to be from the legume family; reminds me of tickclover. I know wildflowers, not the garden varieties. If you know what it is, or something similar, do tell!
Well, I really want this to be a Northern rough-winged swallow. But, looking at the time stamp on this and one of an adult tree swallow, they were taken one min. apart. So in all likelihood, this is a tree swallow fledge. He's cute 'n all, but I'd like a pic of the nrw swallow, thank you very much. It's a pain that they have the same coloring.