Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Indigo Buntings at BHCL

Birds.  Butterflies.  Flowers.  Blue sky.   I go out to watch the wondrous show that Mother Nature puts on for us often as I can.  It's a beautiful time of year in Massachusetts.  These photos were all taken within 15 minutes of home.  That makes me feel very lucky!

Yellow Warbler
Sudbury Reservoir Trail

Bleeding Hearts
Southboro Rural Cemetery

Sourthboro Rural Cemetery

The rest of the photos are from Breakneck Hill Conservation Land:

Brown Thrasher
(This was a new species for me at BHCL!)

 Eastern Tailed-Blue

 Black Cherry (thanks to Josh F. for correcting my id)

Northern Parula

I saw this beautiful warbler two whole days ago and never imagined it would still be hanging around!   It took me quite some time to find it among the leaves.  What a gorgeous bird!

 Juvenal's Duskywing

Look at those clouds!

 Indigo Bunting
(the gorgeous, every-singing male)

 Indigo Bunting 
(the far more elusive female)

 Pearl Crescent

 Prairie Warbler

I heard this bird singing and tracked it by ear to the edge of the woods near the picnic table, but I still couldn't get my sights on it.  Finally, I was standing right under it and could finally see it.  I didn't get a very good photo, but I had to have proof!  I have heard them before at BHCL, but this is the first time I have photographic evidence!

 Silvery Blue

I've been watching these fast-flying butterflies scoot across the meadows, and finally, today I was able to find a few that were stopped.

Spotted Cranesbill


  1. Dawn: Isn't May wonderful?! I believe the cherry you photographed is Black Cherry (Prunus serotina). Note the blunt teeth on the leaves, Choke Cherry (P. virginiana) has more egg-shaped leaves with sharp teeth.

  2. Thank you once again, Josh! Do you have a tree identification book that you would recommend? Something tells me I should invest in one!

    1. Dawn: You're welcome!

      The Forest Trees of Maine is a pretty good guide and is available for free online.

      The Shrub Identification Book and The Tree Identification Book by George W. Symonds are also quite useful, despite being in black and white.

      I list my other favorites over on my website.

      My last suggestion is to check out the Woody Plant Key over at Go Botany.

      I hope this leads you to something useful!