Monday, September 26, 2016

Weekend Visit to Adirondack State Park

I stopped at Northhampton Community Gardens on my way west in hopes of spotting either a Long-Tailed Skipper or a Checkered White, but I was unlucky on both.  Still, it was a wonderful couple of hours under overcast skies and cool temps.




mating Cabbage Whites

Duskywing species

American Copper

From there, it was on to my weekend in the Adirondacks with my sister and her husband.  We stayed at Fish Creek Pond and enjoyed this beautiful view.

Lynn and Bob canoeing on the pond

Great Blue Heron

Brown Creeper

oh my!

And the pond came with a loon family!

Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker

More loons!

Common Merganser

another Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker

Red-Breasted Nuthatch!

the last sighting of the loons (complete with haunting call)

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Tower Hill Dahlia Show and More

I visited Tower Hill Botanic Garden today to see the Dahlia Show.  It was wonderful, and I also enjoyed walking the gardens under cloudy skies.  I didn't see too many butterflies, even though it was plenty warm enough.  I saw a few Cabbage Whites in the vegetable garden, a Gray Hairstreak near the parking lot, a Monarch also around the vegetable garden and a Great Spangled Fritillary in the systematic gardens.

House Wren

Downy Woodpecker

Black-Capped Chickadee

Dahlias in the outdoor gardens:

Dahlias in the show (indoors):




They really are an interesting and beautiful flower!

Back outdoors:

Great-Spangled Fritillary

Red-Eyed Vireo

Eastern Bluebird

Not sure what this one is.

Stick sculpture in the woods

Gray Hairstreak

Ruby-Throated Hummingbird