Heard there were a flock of about 30 Snow BUntings at the SH Point so decided to check them out in hopes of getting closer looks at them. Happy to report they were only 25 feet away playing in the dunes. They sure do dart around, never standing still for long so you can capture an image of them.
Monday, November 28, 2016
Saturday, November 19, 2016
Today's temps were in the high 60's with lots of sun which was great but the winds were 15-20 which probably kept the numbers of butterflies down but still a respectable numbers of species at 8 and another 3 species of caterpillars.
|American Lady Butterfly|
|Common Buckeye Butterfly|
|Fiery Skipper - Female|
|Eclosed Monarch Butterfly today|
|Variegated Fritillary Butterfly|
This Monarch arrived sometime on or before October 20 when it was tagged in my yard. It's still here today which is a month later. It's worn and ratty but hanging on. Unfortunately the weather forecast over the next few days is against it's further survival.
Friday, November 18, 2016
|Moon over Conowingo Dam|
|Catching & releasing|
Thursday, November 17, 2016
This Painted Lady came to hang out in my gardens for the 5 days which was great considering how scare they have been in Southern NJ this year. Here the butterfly is taking advantage of the rotten fruit I put out for the butterflies.
|Black Swallowtail Caterpillar|
While out scoping out the butterflies I noticed yesterday that there are over a dozen Black Swallowtail Caterpillars on the Curly Parsley I supply for them. I already have over 1/2 dozen chrysalis over wintering so I guess I'll have some more!
|6 Cabbage White Caterpillars found|
|A Monarch caterpillar found also.|
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Several days of good weather has allowed us more days of butterflies. Here are some of them.
|Cabbage White Butterfly|
|Fiery Skipper - male|
|Orange Sulphur Butterfly|
|Question Mark Butterfly on Rotten Fruit|
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Sunday, November 13, 2016
Friday, November 11, 2016
I was excited to see this Red-breasted Nuthatch at the peanut feeder that I had bought for the Blue Jays. The nuthatch has a long sharp beak that was no match for the peanut shell. It was so awesome to watch,
Saturday, November 5, 2016
|Pearl Crescent Butterfly|
|Red Admiral Butterfly|
|Variegated Fritillary Butterfly|
|Milkweed Pod and seeds|
This morning while out getting the hummingbird pictures I saw a flock of birds fly into the top of my cherry trees. I was able to grab a few pictures. I was happy to see a first fall Baltimore Oriole when I downloaded my images.
|Rufous Hummingbird 11/4/2013|
|Ruby-throated Hummingbird 11/5/16|
Thursday, November 3, 2016
There is a newly opened wildlife area in Lower Twp. The area covers 180 acres along the Cape Island Creek and encompasses a number of different habitats for birds. It is also a great area for butterflies. I recently met a friend there and we walked part of the property. While walking I saw many Common Buckeyes and lots of Orange Sulphurs. After she left I continued walking the perimeter trail. I found a set of 4 arbors, a bird blind that overlooks both the marsh and an Osprey platform and all 3 of the artist easels that are set up around the property. Along the green trail I found a field of yellow flowers that were filled with many Monarchs, Sulphurs of various species, Buckeyes and other butterflies and bees. I look forward to going back again soon.
|Sachem Skipper on Wild Radish|
|Cloudless Sulphur on Wild Radish|
|Mating Orange Sulphurs on Frost Aster|
|Orange Sulphur on Wild Radish|
|American Lady Butterfly on Wild Radish|