Monday, October 20, 2014

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Red-Bellied Woodpecker

I took my brother and sister-in-law on a short morning walk at Hopkinton State Park.  They are visiting from Georgia and are really enjoying the remains of our fall foliage.

 Red-Bellied Woodpecker

 Savannah Sparrow

 Canada geese


Late morning, we added my niece and my husband to our group and headed over to Mt. Auburn Cemetery to see the foliage and climb the Washington Tower for the view of Boston.

 Red-Tailed Hawk

 Blue Jay

Last stop - lunch at Durgin Park in Boston:  fried seafood platter, fried clams, lobster roll, lobster macaroni & cheese and chicken pot pie.

I refused to take any photos of the pigeons.  Even though they are things with wings, I can't stand them....

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Late Fall Foliage

Hopkinton State Park

 Working on ID

 Black-Shouldered Spinylegs dragonfly (female)
(Thanks to Nick B on Northeast Odonata FB page for ID)

 Baby snapping turtle....dead or alive?

Friday, October 17, 2014

Red Admiral

I visited Cushing Memorial Park again today, thinking I might find some fall warblers eating those berries.  No luck on the warblers, but I did see a gorgeous fresh Red Admiral fluttering around a dogwood tree.  That was a very nice surprise!

 Red Admiral

 Cabbage White

And one of my favorite trees during foliage season:

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Sunset Rainbow

It rained today.  Hard.  Heavy.  Almost the entire day.  At about 5:45PM, I happened to look outside and notice that the sky to the west was yellow.  Yellow!  I grabbed my camera and ran to the car.  I had to get to Hopkinton State Park, to the water, as fast as possible before the light disappeared.  As soon as I turned into the state park, I saw a beautiful rainbow overhead, just above bright and beautiful fall foliage.  I kept driving to the water, and I only had a few moments once I was there, but it was beautiful.  A rainbow to the east, raindrops all around, underlit clouds to the west.  A beautiful ending to what had been an ugly day!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Yellow Rumped Warbler

We had a little bit of everything today:  grey clouds, breaks of sunshine, passing showers, but it was almost 80 degrees at lunchtime!  Shockingly warm!  And as you'll see from these photos, if you don't like the weather in New England, just wait a minute.

Common Water Strider


Rock Tripe (lichen)

Garter Snake

Back at home, it was a very "birdy" day in my front yard today.  The peach tree hosted Yellow-Rumped Warblers and Ruby-Crowned Kinglets, and the grapes were attracting Northern Cardinals again (up to 4 at a time)!

 Yellow-Rumped Warbler

Ruby-Crowned Kinglet

 Northern Cardinal (female)

Northern Cardinal (male)