I saw many butterflies and bugs Thurs. Now this skipper I could ID...a common checkered skipper. I think they're quite pretty for being 'common'.
Another skipper. Don't make me ID it...there are a zillion skippers residing in this area. Sigh. (Ok, maybe a pahaska skipper...?) And naturally most of them are not easy to distinguish from the others like the white one. But hey, this skipper is definitely drinking from a dotted gayfeather wildflower. I'm not ID'ing those two bugs below the skipper, either. Pfffft.
A hawk soaring overhead...red-tailed hawk? I saw three hawks that day. Hawks are gorgeous, but I still hate ID'ing them!
Update: I've been told this is a Swainson's hawk. Thanks, L.!
Wild turkeys are common in the Black Hills. This female had at least three chicks with her, hidden from view, in the tall grass.
This hawk looks like a ferruginous hawk that's in the light phase. Gaaaack! I hate ID'ing hawks and butterflies!