Identification came the hard way. I pulled this vine from the boards of our new fence without paying attention to what it was. Pictures show the young red leaves still growing, the dried leaves I pulled and dropped, and the signature hairy vine. This was seen in my suburban yard for the first time in over 10 years, so I suspect it was transported in by the fence installation guys the previous summer.
Seed cones visible
Found this fluffy feather in a bush this morning. Would love to have seen the bird it came from.
Missing the right side legs. Must have been a rough night.
A lot of these look similar on Mike Quinn's guide:
This was a pretty neat experience -- a group of 50+ Mississippi kites circled right over me and then landed in these trees. :)
Such a lovely grasshopper!
Freshly emerged from this molt. :)
Would love some guidance on this one... Really interesting little wasp, but it wouldn't settle down long enough for pictures!
I'll use Mike Quinn's leafbeetle guide to narrow this one down.
Itty bitty weevils -- not sure they can be ID'ed...
I think I've seen this species before, but I'll have to go back in my observations to check.