Need more time to research this one!
Whorled Yellow-Loosestrife (native)
I also had a possible Monarch sighting, but it flew so fast and far that I couldn't get a good enough look to know for sure whether it was a Monarch or Viceroy. Exciting nonetheless!
After work, I wanted to check on the rookery on White Bagley Road. I was surprised to find a good sized patch of Ladyslippers on my way in. Some were past peak, but it was still beautiful to stumble upon it!
The rookery is on an island, a long enough way off shore to stretch my camera's limits! It is hosting nesting Double-Crested Cormorants and Great Blue Herons. Those trees are very full!
Still not ready to throw in the towel, I headed over to Farm Pond to see if I could find any Wood Ducks. I struck out, but it was my first visit this year to Farm Pond, so it was still nice.
distant Osprey with a fresh fish!
Still not ready to head for home, because the sky was so pretty, I drove over to Southboro to get some more practice with my tripod and photograph the church against the pretty sky.
While I was there, a Red-Tailed Hawk flew into one of my photos of the church (small black speck in left photo above) and a little later, it landed with a freshly caught squirrel in a tree in the cemetery. I just happened to be there with my camera!
Red-Tailed Hawk with prey
As much as I would have liked to wait for sunset (another hour), I was cold and tired and ready to call it a day.
Good night, Southborough!