Just another eclectic collection of spring joy. We got some rain, not nearly enough, but enough to set the birds to singing, and the grass seems to have become instantly green. Today I walked along the creek- first time since the snow melted. It's really too steep and slippery to hike there in winter.
This is the common water strider, Gerris remigis. There are actually over 10 kinds of these, but I've only ever seen two kinds. They can walk on water because they have tiny hairs on their feet that distribute the weight so they don't break the surface tension. I learned today that they eat other insects that fall on the water.
This is the purple finch, Carpodacus purpureus, again, nothing unusual, but a cheerful sight, twittering around in the bush.
Finally, this was the first sighting of the year for Hangoutis clothus. They smell so good!
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