Thursday, October 15, 2015

Gray Hairstreak at BHCL

As the butterfly season in Massachusetts winds down, the Mass Butterfly Club hosts an informal "October Derby".  Club members report species sighted around Massachusetts as long as the weather cooperates for butterflies during the month of October.  Until today, I had not contributed a single unique sighting.  Today, though, I spotted a Gray Hairstreak while I was at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southboro, so I was able to add 1 species to the October Derby list!  Whoot!  It looks like a killing frost may be coming this week, so time is really running out fast for this year's butterflies.

There were lots of Yellow-Rumped Warblers and a few Palm Warblers flitting about the meadows today.  A great day to be outside!  Surprisingly, although the Yellow-Rumped Warblers were greater in number, I didn't come home with a single photo!

Gray Hairstreak

Palm Warbler

Clouded Sulphur

Eastern Bluebird

another beautiful Eastern Bluebird

another Palm Warbler

Hermit Thrush (another migrant)

 Chipping Sparrow

beautiful Sassafrass tree

1 comment:

  1. Lovely autumn colours. Good you found the hairstreak. We are having similar weather with three or four species hanging on here, but I think they will only be around for a few more days.