Monday, August 24, 2015

Visits to Hopkinton State Park and BHCL

I saw a father Northern Cardinal feeding a juvenile today in my backyard.  I wish they were not so jumpy.  I had to take the photo through my sliding door and further between the slats of the deck railing.  I lost a lot of detail, but at least I have a photo!  When I tried to sneak outside, they both were the first to leave the yard.

Northern Cardinal feeding offspring

I was able to catch a photo of a Northern Flicker that was quite occupied digging in the dirt near my feeders.

Northern Flicker

White-Breasted Nuthatch

House Wren

I kept hoping the sun would come out by the time I took my lunch break, but it was not to be.  I decided to check out shorebird potential at Hopkinton State Park.  It ranged from sprinkling to a crack of sun to totally threatening during my walk.  At least there was no thunder or lightning!

I was surprised to find a Pearl Crescent on the main beach.  It was smaller than most I have seen this year, so I will assume it is from a second brood.  I've heard second brood butterflies are often smaller than the first brood of the season.

Pearl Crescent (fresh, but small)

Purple-Headed Sneezeweed

Dock-Leaved Smartweed (native)

Showy Tick-Trefoil

Spotted Sandpipers

Showy Tick-Trefoil

Black-Eyed Susan

American Goldfinch

Eastern Amberwing dragonfly

Square-Pod Water Primrose (native)
(unconfirmed ID)


Song Sparrow w/ lunch

 American Copper

After work, the sun came out!  I headed over to Breakneck Hill Conservation Land to look for butterflies!  Freddie and I walked around and enjoyed what sun remained during the last hours of the evening.  It was gorgeous.

 Pearl Crescent


 Great Spangled Fritillary

 Eastern Bluebird juvenile

 Great Spangled Fritillary

 Eastern Tailed-Blue

 Eastern Tailed-Blue

 Eastern Tailed-Blue

 Gray Hairstreak

 Eastern Wood Peewee

 Great Spangled Fritillary

The sky was getting prettier and prettier as the sun began to go down.

And then the moon lit up!

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