Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Little Wood Satyrs at BHCL

Butterfly species are becoming more varied as the season continues to unfold.  Today, Common Ringlets and Little Wood Satyrs were flying throughout the meadows, along with Clouded Sulphurs, Cabbage Whites, Juvenal's Duskywings, Pearl Crescents, and Silvery Blues.  It really is a fun time of year to take a walk in a meadow!


Common Whitetail (I think)

Dwarf Cinquefoil

Little Wood Satyr

again

Eastern Bluebird

Common Ringlet
(look at that eye!)

Bedstraw


Indigo Bunting

Eastern Painted Turtle (trying to hide from me)

It's also Iris season, and boy, are they beautiful!  These were at Wildwood Cemetery in Ashland.




Monday, May 25, 2015

Bobolink at Heirloom Harvest

Lake Whitehall State Park, Hopkinton:

Most notable was a strange bird call (squawk more like it) that I couldn't identify.  Eventually, I traced it to this cage in a neighboring yard.

 Peacock

another Pink Ladyslipper with a face

Heirloom Harvest CSA, Westboro:

 Chipping Sparrow

 Bobolink

 Common Ringlet


I think this is another Dot-Tailed Whiteface, but female this time.


 Tree Swallow

 Red-Winged Blackbird (female)

Red-Winged Blackbird (male)

Viceroy

I took a morning walk at Waseeka Wildlife Sanctuary.  It wasn't as fun as the last time I went there!  This time there were lots of bugs, fewer birds and two photographers who went off the marked trails in order to photograph a Pileated Woodpecker nest.

I did see Eastern Bluebirds, a Great Crested Flycatcher, an Eastern Towhee, Great Blue Heron, Cedar Waxwing, Osprey, a Brown Creeper, Ovenbirds, and a Wood Duck.  Now that I write it out, it doesn't seem like it should be qualified as a bad outing!

Seemed like the most common thing to catch my eye was the dragonflies.  One even landed on me and wanted to be friends.


I have no idea what type of dragonfly this one is.  My field guide shows them all from the side, so this view is not helpful!


Wood Duck (female)

 Dot-Tailed Whiteface


Eastern Towhee

 Chalk-Fronted Corporal

 Ovenbird

 Pearl Crescent


Great Crested Flycatcher

Pearl Crescent

 Eastern Bluebird

 Viceroy

This butterfly was just too gorgeous to ignore, so I am including three different poses.  It flew across the road in front of me, and I actually turned around to pull over and look for it.  It was pretty easy to locate in this vast expanse of hydro grass.




Sunday, May 24, 2015

A Visit to the Sherborn Power Lines

I had a couple of cute visitors to the shepherd's hook on the deck today.  The Ruby-Throated Hummingbird stopped for a little preening.  The Tufted Titmouse gathered some cat fur I put for just that purpose.  That will be a nice soft nest!




I looked for butterflies today along the Sherborn Power Line Trail.  Here are the highlights:

 Will work on ID later

 Pearl Crescent

 Prairie Warbler

 American Copper



 I believe this is a Brown Elfin, a first for me.

 Eastern Tailed-Blue

Juvenal's Duskywing





Baby Great Blue Herons!




 Ragged Robin

 Common Yellowthroat

 Red-Winged Blackbird

 Yellow Flag Iris

 Canada geese

 Great Blue Heron

 Song Sparrow with food for nestlings


 Marsh Wren

 Yellow Warbler