The Bluebirds are Gone

We had some snow here a few days ago.  It was early, and I am not really ready for it.  But the bluebirds are–they have been gone for some time.

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Their house will serve nicely for deer mice for the winter, before we clean it out for the return of the bluebirds next year.

Prairie plants have taken on a whole new look.  This is compass plant–an area of the stem just below where the flower used to be.

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The energy the plant collected in the summer goes into the long taproot, and into seed production.  The dried stems and leaves continue to stand, but I don’t think they have much value for the continued survival of the plant.

 

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About the roused bear

Nature photographer from central Iowa.
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