Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Recent Happenings at the Nature Preserve

The summer season is not quite finished yet. There are still new flowers coming into bloom and fresh butterflies emerging. At the same time, the procession of fall migrant songbirds continues. Each day brings the promise of an as-yet-unseen species for the year.
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail feeds on Joe-Pye-Weed
A Giant Swallowtail feeding on a lingering BeeBalm flower
A Gray Comma licks a friendly hand
Red Admiral feeding on Spotted Knapweed 
Red Admiral
Downy Skullcap is a late bloomer
Jack-in-the-Pulpit berries just starting to turn
Ripe Jack-in-the-Pulpit berries
Water Horehound in full bloom
Blue Lobelia 
Giant Blue Hyssop 
Broad-leaved Arrowhead blooms near the shore of the pond
Turtlehead flowers begin to turn pink as they age
Silver-spotted Skipper visits a Hawkweed flower
Great Spangled Fritillary on Knapweed

Hummingbird Moth on Knapweed
The other day there was a migrant Olive-sided Flycatcher vying for the same perch as a Red Squirrel. I took a few blurry shots of their interaction.
A Red Squirrel and an Olive-sided Flycatcher via for the same perch
The flycatcher wins it, but only temporarily
The squirrel is persistent 
The squirrel wins!
A few minutes later a Gray Catbird is on the same perch - What is it about that snag?
A Merlin stops by the nature preserve

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