Butterfly sighting

Jul 30 2018

Todd Sima

Location: Baxters Ridge
Grant County

I went back to Baxters Ridge for the Sedge Wrens but had a real adventure. First when you walk down the trail through the corn there are over twenty wacked out GMO Corn cobs growing right out of the Tassel. This is Private corn growing on Public land managed by the DNR. How does your corn flakes taste?

Next, when I walked fifty yards out into the prairie, I walked right into a Timber Rattlesnake. That rattle was really buzzing and this was the first time seeing one on the top of the ridge. They still give me the willies.

While watching one small area where the DNR has killed some of the small trees and created a perfect birding habitat I noticed a Cicada on one of the dead trees. Then another and another, with a total of nine being seen. What were these Cicadas doing? They were laying eggs! Seeing them all Laying Eggs was a first for me and I shot plenty of video of them. The DNR killed the trees for the birds but the Cicadas are taking advantage of them too.

This property if the finest complete ecosystem that I have seen created by the DNR. The flora extends for the entire property and is very diverse both in types of plants and the sizes plants. The only thing still needed is to mow the trail both on top and along the tree line. It is too rough going for young children and the elderly right now and this property should be shared with them too.

Henslow's Sparrow

Henslow's Sparrow

Sedge Wren

Sedge Wren

Cicada sp.

Cicada sp.

Cicada sp. laying eggs

Cicada sp. laying eggs

Timber Rattler

Timber Rattler

Corn

Corn

Corn

Corn