Karl Overman: Birds and More


James Fox and I went once again to Newton County Indiana on July 11, 2013 for the interesting mix of wildlife found in the extensive tall grass prairie found in and around Kankakee Sands preserve.  We had gone the prior year as well as James needed Bell’s Vireo for a life bird.  We missed it last year on a cloudy windy day but this year we were successful on that account.  Also high on my agenda when visiting Kankakee Sands is to see and hopefully photograph Regal Fritillary.  Last year we had none given weather conditions so this year we made sure we went on a sunny day.   We were not to be disappointed.  We had Regal Fritillaries at several places at Kankakee Sands, most along  County Road 600N where we ran into two men from Cincinnati on a day trip  like us from the Detroit area to see Regal Fritillary.  The photographs below was actually taken at the so-called nursery for prairie plants on County Road 250 N just east of the high school on the north side of the road.

The Nebraska specimen is definitely in the core of the species range on the northern Great Plains unlike the Indiana specimens.

Regal Fritillary (Speyeria idalia)

Modified July 1, 2020