Wednesday Walk - Summer Days by the River

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This week, I took a few walks along the Grand River is Western Michigan, USA to see what wildlife I could was out on and near the water. I wake of the recent heat wave that has passed over this portion of the country, the cool waters of the river and adjacent lakes are a regional oases for animals and plants alike.

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While on my walk, I came across a wide variety of plants and birds as well as a few color insects and spiders as well. Below are a collection of images taken of the species I encountered while on my walks. Please feel free to offer your suggestions if you believe that I am incorrect in any of my identifications!

ANIMALS:

Common Garter Snake (Thamnophis sirtalis):

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Northern Spiny Softshell Turtle (Apalone spinifera ssp. spinifera):

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Northern Map Turtle (Graptemys geographica):

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American Toad (Anaxyrus americanus):

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Sandhill Crane (Antigone canadensis):

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Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura):

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Eastern Towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus):

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Downy Woodpecker (Dryobates pubescens):

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Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater):

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Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus):

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Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos):

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Mute Swan (Cygnus olor):

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PLANTS:

Great Angelica (Angelica atropurpurea):

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Northern Purple Pitcher Plant (Sarracenia purpurea ssp. purpurea):

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Bittersweet Nightshade (Solanum dulcamara):

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Lance-leaved Coreopsis (Coreopsis lanceolata):

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Red Clover (Trifolium pratense):

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Hairy Vetch (Vicia villosa):

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Sundial Lupine (Lupinus perennis):

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Tamarack (Larix laricina):

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Northern Catalpa (Catalpa speciosa):

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INSECTS & ARACHNIDS:

Orchard Orbweaver (Leucauge venusta):

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Widow Skimmer (Libellula luctuosa):

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Chalk-fronted Corporal (Ladona julia):

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Ebony Jewelwing (Calopteryx maculata):

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Complex Laphria sericea:

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Gypsy Moth [caterpillar] (Lymantria dispar):

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OTHER SHOTS FROM THE TRAIL:
A few small campsites I found along the river.

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dang, nice wildlife and insect photos! Good catches!

The sandhill cranes look hilarious incoming for a landing.

I feel refreshed after viewing this post you really showcased the beauty of nature

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