June 18, 2016
My daughter Dominique and I took a trip to Baxter’s Hollow to look for a reported Black-throated Blue Warbler and then to the Spring Green Preserve to find Lark Sparrows. While we did not find the warbler, we did see a few butterflies, dragonflies and a grasshopper species I am not able to identify.
At the Spring Green Preserve we found two male Dickcissels engaged in a war of words even before we got in the preserve.
This Yellow-bellied Racer suddenly darted out of the grass chasing a Six-lined Prairie Racerunner. They both ran right over my feet. The Prairie Racer then froze in the middle of the trail and the Yellow-bellied Racer could not find him. The snake was so intent on looking for the lizard that it was not even aware of my presence for several seconds. The fastest snake i have ever seen.