If you want to see more than one butterfly at a time, check along trails for mudpuddles for a butterfly "puddle party" (see photo above). Bob Danley, in this week's Bitterroot Outdoor Journal, said that male butterflies ingest minerals from the muddy water, which apparently helps in breeding. Other butterflies seen this week were Northern Checkerspot and Oreas Comma (photos below). In the air above, you can see (and hear) the Clark's Nutcracker with its distinctive call. The Red-naped Sapsucker is around, as is the Swainson's Thrush with its ascending and spiraling flute-like song. Migration is pretty much done, with Wilson's Phalaropes seen at the Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge near Stevensville. (photo below) Bob also cautioned the public that when they see a young bird all alone in the wild, leave it alone. The bird's mom and dad are nearby and watching out for the fledgling. A good rule is to not disturb all young animals you might find in the wild. Dragonflies are coming along. Bob saw a large Common Whitetail (photo below).

On the ground, the wildflowers are making a spectacle of themselves, including Elk Thistle, Jeffery's Shootingstar, Bunchberry, Globeflower and we have photos of Ninebark, Queen's Cup and Thimbleberry. The Bitterroot Outdoor Journal is heard Wednesday mornings about 7:45 a.m. on 1240 AM KLYQ and klyq.com.

Northern checkerspot butterfly. (Bob Danley Photo)
Oreas Comma (Bob Danley Photo)
Wilson's Phalarope, making noise on the pond. (Bob Danley Photo)
Whitetail dragonfly. (Bob Danley Photo)
Ninebark wildflower. (Bob Danley Photo)
Queen's Cup wildflower. (Bob Danley Photo)
Thimbleberry wildflower. (Bob Danley photos)