Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Monarch Butterfly - Sit Spot - July 15, 2020





We often only see 1 or 2 Monarch Butterflies
each day in our meadow
in spite of hundreds of milkweed plants.


July 15, 2020 10:45 a.m.
Sit 536  : Brush Pile W : Mostly Sunny 


Cardinal,
Chickadees,
Goldfinches,
Woodpecker drumming,
Mosquitoes,
(Jet)
Crows,
(NetJets flight 573...)
Mourning Doves,
Redstart,
White Avens blooming nearby,
White Vervain blooming nearby,
Agrimony blooming nearby,
Lopseed blooming nearby,
Daisy Fleabane blooming nearby,
Enchanters Nightshade blooming nearby,
Healall blooming nearby,

Extras:

12:15 a.m. 3 or 4 fireflies still blinking

5:45 a.m.
       Crows,
       Mourning Doves,
       Field Sparrow,
       Warbling Vireo,

Along the Trails -
1st Woodland Sunflower blooming,
Many, many Gypsy Moths flitting about,
Catbird,
Downy Woodpecker,
House Wren,
Towhee,
Monarch Butterfly,
Bluebird,
Cicada,
Garter Snake ,
Flicker,
Robins,
Cabbage White Butterflies
Northern Pearly-eye Butterflies,
Hummingbird in evening in garden

Kitchen Window and Bird Feeder -
Red-winged Blackbirds,
Cardinal,
Cowbirds,
Mourning Doves,
Goldfinches,
Grackle,
White-breasted Nuthatch,
Robins,
House Wren,
Chipmunk,
Rabbit,
Black Squirrels,
Red Squirrels.



Photo Site #4 - North Ridge Trail






Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Banded Hairstreak - Sit Spot - July 14, 2020





Banded Hairstreak butterfly
on Milkweed flower
in the clutches of an Ambush Bug


July 14, 2020 4:40 p.m.
Sit 535  Brush Pile W  : Partly Sunny 
+26° (+31°)  sw 7-11 kph 53% humidity 

Redstart,
(Jet, traffic noise),
(Republic Airlines Flight 8809…),
Mosquitoes,  
Unidentified chirps,
Cardinal,  
White Avens blooming nearby,  
White Vervain blooming nearby, 
Agrimony blooming nearby, 
Lopseed blooming nearby,
Enchanters Nightshade blooming nearby,
Daisy Fleabane blooming nearby, 
Robin,
Mourning Doves,
Woodpecker drumming,
Flies,
Dames Rocket blooming nearby, 


Extras:

1:00 a.m. Very few fireflies

5:45 a.m. -
       Field Sparrow,
       Crows,
       House Wren,
       Warbling Vireo,
       Mourning Doves,

Along the Trails - 
Peewee,
House Wren,
Field Sparrow,
Chickadees,
Many, many Gypsy Moths,
Cabbage White Butterflies,
Northern Pearly-eye butterflies,
Banded Hairstreak butterfly 
       in clutches of Ambush Bug

Kitchen Window and Bird Feeder -
Red-winged Blackbirds,
Cardinal,
Cowbirds,
Mourning Doves,
Goldfinches,
Hummingbird,
House Wren,
Chipmunk,
Grey Squirrels,
Black Squirrels.


Photo Site #2 - East Willow






Monday, July 13, 2020

Ambush Bug - Sit Spot - July 13, 2020






An Ambush Bug ambushed a Bee






Close up of the Ambush Bug feeding from the Bee


July 13, 2020 11:05 a.m.
Sit 534  :  Brush Pile W : Partly Sunny 
+20° (+21°) NW 11-17 kph  73%humidity 

(Traffic noises),
Unidentified chirps,
(Jet- Frontier Airlines flight 1482...),
Song Sparrow,
Towhee,
Field Sparrow,
White Vervain blooming nearby,
Dames Rocket blooming nearby,  
Agrimony blooming nearby,
Lopseed blooming nearby,
Enchanters Nightshade blooming nearby , 
White Avens blooming nearby,
Daisy Fleabane blooming nearby,

Extras:
1:45 a.m. - Just a few Fireflies,

5:40 a.m.
       Crows,
       Pewee,
       Mourning Doves,
       Field Sparrow,

Along the trails-
Green Frogs,
Robins,
Catbird,
House Wren,
Insect calls,
Redstart,
1st Bull Thistle blooming,
1st Cicada calling,
1st Tall Meadow Rue blooming,
1st Bergamont blooming,
1st Dotted Horsemint blooming,
1st Ambush Bug for the season,

Kitchen Window and Bird Feeder -
Cardinal,
Cowbirds,
Mourning Doves,
Goldfinches,
Grackles,
White-breasted Nuthatch,
Robin,
House Wren,
Grey Squirrels,
Red Squirrels.



Photo Site #7
Sunrise from the 2nd Floor Window






Sunday, July 12, 2020

Bedstraw - Sit Spot - July 12, 2020





Rough Bedstraw
gaillet piquant
(Galium asprellum)

July 12, 2020 11:05
Sit 533  : Brush Pile W : Mostly Sunny 
+22° (25°) W 17-26 kph  67% humidity 

Mosquitoes,
Towhee,
(Traffic noises),
Blue Jay,
(Jet),
(Southwest Airlines flight 2152...),
Red-tailed Hawk,
Field Sparrow,
White Vervain blooming nearby, 
Dames Rocket blooming nearby,
Agrimony blooming nearby,  
Lopseed blooming nearby,  
Enchanters Nightshade blooming nearby,  
White Avens blooming nearby,  
(Prop Plane),
Daisy Fleabane blooming nearby,

Extras:

1:00 a.m. from 2nd floor window - Fireflies,

5:40 a.m. from 2nd floor window -
       Crows,
       House Wren,
       Mourning Doves,
       Field Sparrow,

Along the trails -
Pewee,
Yellow-billed Cuckoo,
Towhee,
Blue Jays,
Cardinal,
Northern Pearly-eye butterfly,
Cabbage White Butterfly,
Monarch Butterfly,
Many Gypsy Moths,  
Phoebe,

Kitchen Window and Bird Feeder -
Red-winged Blackbirds,
Blue Jay,
Bluebirds,
Cardinal,
Cowbirds,
Mourning Doves,
Goldfinches,
White-breasted Nuthatch,
Robin,
Chipping Sparrow,
House Wren,
Chipmunk,
Black Squirrels,
Red Squirrels.


Photo Site #5 - Front "Forest" Trail






Saturday, July 11, 2020

Dragonfly - Sit Spot - July 11, 2020





Widow Skimmer Dragonfly


July 11, 2020 6:20 p.m.
Sit 532  : Brush Pile W : Partly cloudy 
+26° (+31°) NW 30-39 kph  56% humidity 

Goldfinches,
Towhee,
Mosquitoes,
Wind in trees,
(Traffic noises),
Dames Rocket blooming nearby,
Agrimony blooming nearby,
Lopseed blooming nearby,
Daisy Fleabane blooming nearby,
White Vervain blooming nearby,
(Train),
Enchanters Nightshade blooming nearby,


Extras:

2:00 a.m. - From 2nd floor window - Fireflies 

5:40 a.m. - From 2nd floor window - 
       Pewee,
       Crows,
       Warbling Vireo,

Along the trails -
Catbird,
Redstart,
Robins,
Widow Skimmer Dragonfly,
1st Elecampane blooming,
1st Rough Bedstraw blooming,

Kitchen Window and Bird Feeder -
Red-winged Blackbirds,
Blue Jay,
Crows,
Mourning Doves,
Goldfinches,
Hummingbird,
White-breasted Nuthatch,
Robin,
Chipping Sparrow,
Downy Woodpecker,
House Wren,
Chipmunk,
Black Squirrels.




Photo Site #3 - West Meadow Viewpoint





Friday, July 10, 2020

Stinkhorn - Flicker - Red Squirrel - Sit Spot - July 10, 2020




Dog Stinkhorn Mushroom







Flicker
(Fleur-Ange thinks it is a young one.)







Red Squirrel
He was in a tree above my sit spot
and dropping bits of fruit and twigs on my head.



July 10, 2020 11:00 a.m.
Sit 531  :  Brush Pile W   : Sunny 
+29° (+37°) s 13-20 kph  59% humidity 

Catbird,
(Jet)
(Frontier Airlines flight 2867...)
Field Sparrow,
Red Squirrel just over my head,
Yellow-billed Cuckoo,
(Prop Plane)
Crows,
Dames Rocket blooming nearby,
White Vervain blooming nearby,
Agrimony blooming nearby,
White Avens blooming nearby,
Lopseed blooming nearby,
Enchanters Nightshade blooming nearby,
Daisy Fleabane blooming nearby,
Robin,
Black-billed Cuckoo,

Extras:

12:45 a.m. - From 2nd floor window - Fireflies 

5:40 a.m.-
       Pewee,
       Cardinal,
       Crows,
       House Wren

Along the trails -
Common Yellowthroat,
Catbird,
Dog Stinkhorn Mushroom,
Wood Nymph butterfly 
Red-winged Blackbirds,
Crows,
1st 'Purple Flowering Coneflower,
Mourning Doves 
Towhee ,
American Toad,
Cardinal,
Monarch Butterfly,
Field Sparrow,
Northern Pearly-eye butterfly  
Redstart,
Flicker,

Kitchen Window and Bird Feeder -
Red-winged Blackbirds,
Cowbird,
Mourning Doves,
Goldfinches,
Grackles,
White-breasted Nuthatch,
Robin,
Chipping Sparrow,
House Sparrow,
House Wren,
Chipmunk,
Black Squirrels,
Grey Squirrels,
Red Squirrels.

I see lots of Wood Nymph & Northern Pearly-eye butterflies every day and also what are probably the Cabbage White and Sulphur butterflies too but most of the time the keep moving and I am not sure of their identifications. Monarch Butterflies are few and far between this year. I usually only see one a day.


Photo Site #3 - West Meadow Viewpoint






Thursday, July 09, 2020

Moth - Deptford Pink - Butterfly - July 9, 2020





Plume Moth species
Silhouette from window







Deptford Pink






Baltimore Checkerspot
(Photo by Fleur-Ange)



July 9, 2020 10:40 a.m.
Sit 530  :  Brush Pile W  Sunny 
29° (36°) se 7-11 kph  55% humidity 

(Jet),
(PSA Airlines flight 5041...),
Rose-breasted Grosbeak,
Song Sparrow,
Crows,
Chipmunk  
Yellow-billed Cuckoo,
Field Sparrow,
Robin,
(Prop Plane),
Dames Rocket blooming nearby,
White Vervain blooming nearby,
White Avens blooming nearby,
Agrimony blooming nearby,
Enchanters Nightshade blooming nearby,
Lopseed blooming nearby,
Mourning Doves,
Daisy Fleabane blooming nearby,

Extras:

12:15 a.m. from 2nd floor window - Fireflies

5:40 a.m. from 2nd floor window -
       House Wren
       Cardinal
       Field Sparrow

Along the Trails - 
Peewee,
House Wren,
Common Yellowthroat, 
Green Frogs ,
Gulls,
Towhee,
Catbird,
Bluebirds,
Yellow-billed Cuckoo,
Rose-breasted Grosbeak ,
Raven,
Turkey Vultures,
1st Deptford Pink blooming,
1st Elderberry reported yesterday,
1st Soapwort blooming,
1st Spotted Knapweed blooming,
1st Purple Crown Vetch blooming,

Kitchen Window and Bird Feeder -
Red-winged Blackbirds,
Cowbird,
Mourning Doves,
Goldfinches,
Grackles,
White-breasted Nuthatch,
Chipping Sparrow,
Downy Woodpecker,
House Wren,
Chipmunk,
Black Squirrels,
Grey Squirrels,
Red Squirrels.





Photo Site #1 - East Pond site
Pond gone for the season.