First, on my morning walk, it was a Black-Billed Cuckoo. I have only ever heard this bird calling before (at Great Meadows in Concord), but I had never seen one. Wonderful! Love its devil red eye!
I found blooming Dogbane at the top of the paved hill and to the right. This can be a real butterfly magnet, so I'll be keeping an eye on this area! It is a relative to milkweed, and you can see some similarities to the flower color and shape. It's really pretty close up!
The milkweed is ready. Now for some monarchs!
Freddie and I met in the afternoon for a walk at Chestnut Hill Farm.
I saw a juvenile Northern Cardinal in the parking lot.
I was quite excited to see two Baltimore Checkerspots there, flying near the trail but not being very cooperative for photos! This one looks a little worn, but beautiful nonetheless!
I am a sucker for beautiful grasses, and this particular one gets the gold ribbon! How pretty!
After Chestnut Hill Farm (where we neither saw nor heard any Bobolinks), we decided to continue with a walk at BHCL.
Banded (?) Hairstreak
(I have trouble distinguishing this from Edwards, so am not sure.)
Red Milkweed Beetle love fest
Now, for the butterfly that interested me the most. It was small, looked like a Banded Hairstreak, but seemed to have an abnormality with its lower wings. Poor thing. I don't think it could fly. After looking at it for a while and not being able to ID it, I thought I'd try to pick it up. Then, I transferred it over to Freddie's hand so that I could get a closer photo of it than when it was on the grass.