Yesterday, me and two friends birded Wylie Road on the Carden Alvar, just north of Kirkfield. It is well worth a trip at this time of year, especially for the opportunities to get great photographs of species such as bluebirds. In addition to the numerous bluebirds one Loggerhead Shrike (at bluebird box 10), we had many Brown Thrashers, Bobolinks, Eastern Towhees and Eastern Meadowlarks. Grasshopper Sparrows were singing in several locations along the road as well. Some other birds of note include American Kestrel, Northern Harrier, Brewster’s Warbler, Sandhill Crane and Indigo Bunting. There is a great display of wildflowers happening right now with species such as Hairy Beardtongue, Balsam Ragwort and Prairie Smoke (just finishing) in bloom. There are also abundant butterflies including White Admiral, Viceroy and Canadian Tiger Swallowtail. Many are coming to puddles along the road.