I think this is a juvenile Baltimore Oriole.
Juvenile Eastern Kingbird
There were 3-4 Eastern Kingbirds flying around one of the back meadows. I think they were practicing hunting for insects. It must be hard to have to learn to both fly and catch food while doing so.
(I was able to creep within 4 feet of this little guy)
Bee using Queen Anne's Lace as an umbrella
(not very effective)
Common Wood Nymph (the one and only butterfly)
The grass paths were hosting lots of American Robins, many of which were juveniles. They were quite shy, though, and flew off long before I got very close.
Today was sunny and hot, in the 80s. I took a late afternoon lunch break and saw many wonderful butterflies as I walked the same trails. It was just the kind of butterfly day that makes it hard to go back to work. The Birds Foot Trefoil and Clover along the paths were attracting lots of small butterflies, from American Coppers to Pearl Crescents to Gray Hairstreaks and Eastern Tailed-Blues. An occasional Clouded Sulphur flew by wanting to be counted. I also saw several Black Swallowtails and some skippers yet to be identified.
enjoying a blossom in the new pollinator garden!
(the second brood of the season is upon us)
Northern Broken Dash (I think)
Great Spangled Fritillary
on one of the few milkweed plants still in bloom
another Northern Broken Dash
(looks so different in this position)
Spotted Wintergreen in bloom
(none of the flowers were facing the trail!)
another Gray Hairstreak
At one point, there were four Gray Hairstreaks on the same patch of Birds Foot Trefoil. This was the best butterfly day of the year (so far)! Eastern Tailed-Blues and American Coppers were chasing Gray Hairstreaks. There was so much to watch! It was definitely hard to tear myself away and go back to the office!