Sunday, May 11, 2014


I hoped for some Brown Elfins, but it was not to be.  This morning I walked at Horn Pond Mountain in Woburn and this afternoon at Arlington's Great Meadows.  It was very windy, so I will give that as my excuse.  However, I did read a report from another MBC member who found Elfins at Arlington's Great Meadow today.  Wish I would have run into him while I was there!

Horn Pond

Canada geese

Northern Mockingbird

Juvenal's Duskying

Eastern-Tailed Blue

Wild Columbine

Red-Tailed Hawk

Eastern Tailed Blue

Also seen:
American Crow
Baltimore Oriole
Eastern Towhee
House Sparrow
Prairie Warbler

FOY Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (male and dark form female)

Arlington's Great Meadow

Spring Azure

Common Yellowthroat

and another

Wood Anemone

Black-and-White Warbler
possible Magnolia Warbler (female)
Thanks to Josh F. for his suggestion via a comment!

My detective skills lead me to believe there is one less Rose-Breasted Grosbeak in the world.

I did see a live Rose-Breasted Grosbeak, but it would not cooperate for a photo.

Yellow-Rumped Warbler


Low-bush Blueberry (the supposed butterfly magnet)
(not today)

 Spring Azure


There were Spring Azures everywhere at Great Meadow.  Really a great number of them, sometimes four flying together.  I also saw another Eastern Tiger Swallowtail flying here.


  1. Looks like you enjoyed a beautiful, fruitful spring day. Great to see so many butterflies about.

  2. Beautiful photographs. I'm wondering if the bird labelled as a Black-and-white could be a female Magnolia Warbler? In any event, the bird appears yellow underneath (to my eye), which would rule out Black-and-white.

    1. Thanks for your suggestion, Josh. I think it's a better option than the B&W Warbler, particularly since it wasn't doing the B&W behavior. It was picking at insects from under the leaves, rather than trailing up or down the branches and bark.