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Thunderhead over the Pine Ridge Nebraska National Forest

Thunderhead over the Pine Ridge Nebraska National Forest

Rain rain go away…. It is somewhat of a curse to wish good rain to depart, since this is the time when the farmers are looking to the skies for the wet stuff to fall. But these past 2 weeks we have had nearly 9 inches shower down.

Now our pastures and wheat fields are saturated with the runoff gathering in low lying areas creating ponds where no ponds have been; but much to the gladness of our Spring migratory birds.

Red-headed Woodpecker (Melanerpes erythrocephalus)

Red-headed Woodpecker in for a visit

Several types of ducks have been spotted in the area; also, great blue herons, curlews and pipers, and even a Western Grebe (usually spotted near our lakes or city dam).

 

Toadstools in Western Nebraska

Mushrooms along the Pine Ridge

With all this rain we have an abundance of wildflowers blooming this season
and plentiful toadstools and mushrooms.