It's been enjoyable back here in central Iowa the past couple days. Today Ash and I took a brief drive & stroll and found a few things to snap pictures of.
First is a Pearl Crescent, a very common butterfly:
I was very pleased to finally come across a Gray Copper. This is an uncommon and local species of grasslands, etc:
Turning to birds, it had been over a year since I had heard/seen a Henslow's Sparrow. We tracked down several singing adults and I was able to snap a couple distant shots of one:
And although not uncommon at all, I still decided to snap a couple of this Tree Swallow since it decided to sit still:
Overall, it was a fun morning. Recently returning from western Nebraska, I was happy to see other grassland species such as Dickcissels, Sedge Wrens, Bobolinks, etc...