I started the day at Westborough Wildlife Management Area, where I hiked for two hours and fought off "warbler neck" as I watched birds in the highest trees for most of that walk. My neck does not like spring warblers, even though my brain and heart do.
(thanks to Josh F. for sending me the ID!)
(again, thanks to Josh F. for sending me the ID!)
Spring Azure on some dog poo
not quite as pretty as on a flower...
During the second hour of my hike, the termperature really warmed up, and I ended up seeing 18 of these Spring Azures and one Mourning Cloak.
closeup (but not too close)
showing the spot for which it is named
Palm Warbler (looking for a bug up there)
Late morning I checked out the Sherborn Power Line Trail and found it to be totally quiet. I did have a fly by Clouded Sulphur, my first sulphur of the year. Besides that, I only photographed one bird and saw no other butterflies in the woods or on the trail.
Disappointed with the lack of butterflies, I decided to try Arlington's Great Meadows and see if I could find my first elfin there. I had gone to an MBC field trip there several years ago, and we struck out. Then, I returned on my own one or two times and struck out on my own too. This time I did find one and I think it's a Henry's Elfin. I saw more Spring Azures here, too, but not in the numbers I had in Westboro. There were also Palm and Yellow-Rumped Warblers here.