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So many monarchs the past few days. It's like an airshow out there. They'll fly past chasing each other, and then spin around up into the sky, then another will fly past, then they'll chase after birds. It's been fun to watch. I've had very little monarch activity this year until now.

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Wow, beautiful pictures ! I'll have to look up Meadow Blazing Star :)

Darn, just looked them up and they are not native in our area.
 
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Wow, beautiful pictures ! I'll have to look up Meadow Blazing Star :)

Darn, just looked them up and they are not native in our area.
Doesn't mean you can't plant them. They're not technically native to my area, either.
 
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Lots of sightings lately of our little water snake, Nessie.
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The bees are enjoying the turtlehead which is starting to bloom
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And Jeremiah has taken up residence in one of our Biofalls. I guess he outgrew any of the other 'caves' to hide in around the pond!
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That snakes patters looks venomous but t GG e head does not what kind of sna jk e is it
 
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Yup! Northern water snake. We have copperheads around too, but they don't hang out IN the pond! They prefer our stone front retaining wall.
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We relocate them when we can.
 
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I like snakes, have not run into any poisonous ones here. In AZ ran into sidewinders, rattlers all of the time
 
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I like snakes, have not run into any poisonous ones here. In AZ ran into sidewinders, rattlers all of the time
We technically have timber rattlers in our area, but they're pretty rare. We saw one once when we were out on a hiking trail about 30 miles from home, but none on our property or in our neighborhood. The copperheads are another story - they're everywhere! Now, I admit that our property is designed to be wildlife friendly, so we do attract more than our fair share. And it has been a particularly good year for snakes of all sorts, I guess. We can't go a day without tripping over one! :LOL:
 
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I know many people dislike the copperheads, but I do think they're gorgeous snakes. Here's a pair we moved out of the wall last weekend -
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They are one of the most incredible looking snakes, I think.
I do have the advantage of not having any venomous snakes in this area. Historically there were a lot more rattlesnakes in Wisconsin, but they were wiped out by people. :( There are luckily still some populations along the Wisconsin and Mississippi rivers.
 
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They are one of the most incredible looking snakes, I think.
I do have the advantage of not having any venomous snakes in this area. Historically there were a lot more rattlesnakes in Wisconsin, but they were wiped out by people. :( There are luckily still some populations along the Wisconsin and Mississippi rivers.
Logging in the area is what reduced our timber rattler population to the level it is now. Apparently they reproduce very slowly & have a hard time coming back from that sort of thing. And, sadly, the vast majority of people around here simply kill any venomous snake on sight. Heck, I know people who kill ANY snake on sight. Although, often the rat snakes are given a 'pass', because people believe the old wive's tale that "the black snakes keep the copperheads away". (they don't, but I rarely correct people spewing this misinformation because at least it keeps them from shooting at the poor rat snakes! lol)
 
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Logging in the area is what reduced our timber rattler population to the level it is now. Apparently they reproduce very slowly & have a hard time coming back from that sort of thing. And, sadly, the vast majority of people around here simply kill any venomous snake on sight. Heck, I know people who kill ANY snake on sight.
Our state had a bounty on rattlesnakes until 1975. Even after the bounty ended, their numbers have continued to drop because we continue to destroy their habitat.
 

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