This cute little warbler also has a patch of bright yellow just above its tail (where it gets it name). Some people have nicknamed it Butter Butt.
I had three fly-by Great Blue Herons and 1 Double-Crested Cormorant as I walked. Female Red-Winged Blackbirds were feeding on caterpillars high in the treetops. I had never seen that before. An American Goldfinch male chased a female through one tree at lightning speed. A Red-Winged Blackbird chased a Northern Flicker that had entered its territory. Eastern Bluebirds were paired up and hunting insects in all parts of the meadows.
- American Crow
- American Goldfinch
- American Robin
- Chipping Sparrow
- Double Crested Cormorant
- Eastern Bluebird
- European Starling
- Great Blue Heron
- House Sparrow
- Mourning Dove
- Northern Cardinal
- Northern Flicker
- Palm Warbler
- Red-Bellied Woodpecker
- Red-Winged Blackbird
- Song Sparrow
- Tree Swallow
- White-Breasted Nuthatch
- Yellow-Rumped Warbler
Again, I was serenaded by multiple Prairie Warblers. It's obviously a great habitat for them!
I believe this is a Prairie Warbler's nest. No one was in it today, but it looks like it was freshly built. I'll have to check on it again next visit.
Bird's Foot Violet
more Spring "fireworks"
Low bush Blueberry (good for butterflies)
Eastern Pine Elfin (a gorgeous butterfly!)
(the female plant produces yellow flowers in spring)
(I promise to work on the ID, but in the interest of posting.....I'll do it someday.)
Green Six-Spotted Tiger Beetle
one more Prairie Warbler
Last but not least, I wanted to see if the Bobolinks had returned to Chestnut Hill Farm in Southboro. They have! They were hanging on the edges of the meadows for the most part, but I did catch them in my sights. The grass needs to grow a bit longer before they stake out their territories.
Another dandelion close up (love those curlicues!)
one of several Barn Swallows zipping across the grassland
Cabbage Whites were still fluttering across the meadows