Monday, July 15, 2013

Scarlet Tanager at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land

I took a short walk at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southboro this morning.  It was nearly 80 degrees at 7AM, and the humidity was already in force.  Still, it was a lovely walk.

As soon as I headed up the hill, two American Goldfinches flushed from the top of the grasses.  At the crest of the hill, at least a dozen Red-Winged Blackbirds flushed from the fields and landed in the orchard.

Red-Winged Blackbird (female) (left center in focus).  
Not sure about each of the others...

Blue Vervain

Widow Skimmer (female)

The bluebirds were also present.  This isn't a great photo, but I like the brightness of the tail feathers against the more camouflaged wing feathers of this juvenile.

Eastern Bluebird (juvenile)

Clouded Sulphur, Orange Sulphur, Cabbage White, Common Wood Nymph, Pearl Crescent, Silver-Spotted Skipper and Northern Broken Dash Skipper butterflies flitted about the meadows.  An oak tree at the edge of the meadow had at least half a dozen Common Wood Nymphs among its leaves.  I wonder if they spent the night there?

Common Wood Nymph

(not sure of  the variety, but poss. Common Wrinkle-Leaved Goldenrod)

An Eastern Phoebe hunted bugs from the electric fence.
(Click for a closer look)

Cow Vetch

Blue Dasher (female)

Chipping Sparrow

White Meadowsweet

Pearl Crescent


Saving the best for last, a Scarlet Tanager flew out of a tree right next to the trail and landed on a leafless tree out in the meadow, cooperatively posing for a picture.  Gorgeous!

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