Welcome to our monthly celebration of nature for May 2017, issue number 113.

   
 
A juvenile Rufous Hummingbird, resting on a lichen covered branch, greets us this month.
 
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Our monthly close up is a little strange, can you guess what it is? The answer is at the bottom of the page.
 
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Our page selection for May has some of our interesting images of insects in: 'Through the Lens'. You can view the page HERE.
 
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Joyce Cahill of Winslow in Arkansas sent us this nice image of a Cardinal.
Joyce also had this Thrasher visit her garden and sent it to us.
Tracy Capps of Mascoutah, IL, took this Spicebush Swallowtail Butterfly for us.
Susan Kalman of Allegany in New York, was fortune enough see a bay Killdeer.
This pelican image is from Herman Veenendaal in St Mary’s, Ontario.
Herman also sent us this fine shot of a Common yellowthroat.

 

Many thanks to Joyce, Tracy, Susan and Herman for sharing their photos with us.

 
If you have a nature picture that you would like to share with us in this section please send it in to us at: thenatureinn@gmail.com
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Our wanderings this month brought us upon this early flowering Western Trillium.
 
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Send in your caption for this little kinglet image. We have a couple of ideas to get you started.
#1 - "Thanks for bringing it out in this weather."
#2 - "We all appreciate what you do for us."
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Hoppey had a job on a building site and asked the foreman if there was anything he could do. 'I've got a fork-lift license' saidHoppey. 'There's not much you can do now' said the foreman, 'but I could use a hand in making the tea'  'Why?'  said Hoppey.  'How big is the tea-pot ?
 
 
 

 

 

 
"I thought we were talkng about the fork lift."
 
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Our Monthly Selections.
 
     
 
The insect is a False Blister Beetle, Xanthochroa testacea
Our monthly bird is the Ruddy Duck.
 
 
 
 
Our flower this month is Anagallis arvensis, Scarlet pimpernel. 
Our monthly fungi is Callistosporium luteo-olivaceum.
 
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A NEW PAGE IN THE INN.
   
We have added a new page to the Inn, Seals and Sea lion trivia. You can view the page here: Seals and Sealions.
 

A LITTLE REMINDER.

 
 
 
With all the youngsters calling to be fed, it is a big help for the birds if you continue to keep the seed tables full.
 
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TIPS AND IDEAS.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hummingbirds like to bathe like all the birds, but also a shower. When waterng your plants they will come to the water. Turning the hose to a mist and spraying into a small tree or shrub will attract their attention. Here we have an Anna's humminbird with tail and wings spread out enjoying a nice shower in such a way.

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Yellow flag iris, Iris pseudacorus.
Poison Hemlock, Conium maculatum.

 

This plant has poisoned cattle and swine.
All parts of this plant are poisonous.
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Purple Salsify, Tragopogon porrifolius
Pacific Silverweed, Potentilla egedii.
The roots and young leaves can be eaten raw.
The rhizones are best when boiled or fried
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Another humorous look at 'A Day in the Life of Birds'. This is number four, just click: The Festival.
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Female Red-winged Blackbird
 
Did you know that the female Red-winged Blackbird is one of the most misidentified birds in North America.
 
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Another city that chose an official bird emblem is Seattle in Washington. The Great Blue Heron was their choice.
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The answer to the mystery image, a head picture of a sea duck, the Surf Scoter, Melanitta perspicillata. An easy one perhaps.
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Thank you for joining us this month! We hope you enjoyed this issue of Whispers. We invite your comments and ideas - just drop us an e-mail at: thenatureinn@gmail.com. Till next time, thank you for visiting.