Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Cape May Point ~ Butterflies

Eastern-tailed Blue Butterfly

Eastern-tailed Blue Butterfly

Least Skipper

Exciting find ~ Long-tailed Skipper
Tagged Monarch Butterfly
Arcigera Flower Moth

Monday, September 26, 2016

Cape May Point

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Red-breasted Nuthatch
Red-breasted Nuthatch ~ Look watching them forage for pine seeds

Carolina Chickadee foraging for pine nuts

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Cape May Point ~ Northwood Center

American Bittern
Over to Cape May Point I went to see the American Bittern that was hanging out at the Northwood Center all day but not in the reeds as one would expect but rather up in a tree.  Very unusual behavior for a bittern according to the birders who have years of experience birding.  The Northwood Center was enjoying lots of birds in migration.
Cape May Warbler

Northern Parula

Red-eyed Vireo

My Yard ~ Butterflies

Mating Cabbage White Butterflies

Cloudless Sulphur Butterfly

Horace's Duskywing Butterfly

Mourning Cloak Butterfly

Black Swallowtail Caterpillars

Friday, September 23, 2016

Gardiner, MT Road Scholar Goodbyes

Our Road Scholar Group
This morning we had breakfast and then we left for our next adventures with some of us flying home and others driving onto to another area of the USA.  It has been a good 5 days.  I learned and enjoyed all of the people in the program.  I would love to take this class again in spring time when the babies are seen.  Our instructor Meg Sommers is incredible and her wildlife photos are magnificent. Here is my image that she tweaked in class last evening.  It seems like it has more life to it after the post processing.
Before Post Processing by Meg

After Post Processing by Meg

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

WY ~ Yellowstone National Park ~ Butterflies

It's amazing that when I arrived early last week Yellowstone had a full day of snow with terrible driving conditions and today the high was 82 with plenty of sunshine.  I was excited to drive Blackhill Plateau and see a few butterflies on the Rabbitbrush. that is all around the park.  I decided to drive the road above Mammoth Hot Springs going over to Norris so I could stop at an area that had lots of Rabbitbrush and sage but where it was safe to park.  I was really excited to see a good number of butterflies and a total of 8 species.  I am sure missing the butterflies and am looking forward to getting back to NJ in a few days to see what butterflies are around.

Green Comma ~ Life Butterfly

Milbert's Tortoiseshell ~ Life Butterfly

Purplish Cooper Butterfly

Red Admiral Butterfly

Orange Sulphur Butterfly

Green Comma Butterfly

Checkered  White Butterfly

Friday, September 16, 2016

WY ~ Yellowstone National Park ~ Old Faithful Geyser & Firehole Road

Old Faithful
My laptop fan stopped working correctly and I am unable to turn it on.  In about 3 days I will be starting a photography class at Yellowstone and need a laptop.  After some panic I decided that driving to Bozeman, 4 hrs round trip, and buying a new laptop would be my best choice.  Once done I had time to go to see Old Faithful.  I did have to wait almost 2 hrs for "Old Faithful" to erupt as it isn't as faithful as in the past.  On the way home I decided to drive Firehole Road which was a neat road.

Old Faithful

Firehole Spring

Firehole Spring

White Dome Geyser
White Fountain geyser

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Yellowstone National Park ~ Birds

Trumpeter Swan

Northern Flicker

Green-tailed Towhee ~ Life Bird #414
Love how the crest of the Green-tailed Towhee is up!

Chipping Sparrow

Brewer's Blackbird

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Mt ~ Driving back to Paradise Valley ~ Bird sightings

Clark's Nutcracker
Belted Kingfisher

Western Grebe

Black-billed Magpie
Wilson's Warbler

Sandhill Cranes

WY ~ Yellowstone National Park ~ Lamar Valley

How exciting to be back at Yellowstone NP.  I visited in Sept 2009 when in MT on a retreat with my  friends.  We only had a short 6 hrs here but it was enough to tell me that I needed to return in the future. We came in the NE entrance then also. Since it snowed yesterday in the park some of the roads are closed due to icy conditions so my choices were limited in where to go today to just Mammoth Hot Springs and Lamar Valley which is where many of the animals can be found.  The scenery with the snow on the mountains was gorgeous.  It's cold here so I am dressed warmly with layers.  Fortunately, the snow was not on the roads that I was driving.  I was surprised to see few animals around but was delighted to see the deer as they bounded towards me.

White-tailed Deer

White-tailed Deer
American Coots