American Crow at Quiet Waters Park

It was raining when I awoke, so I didn’t get out until 10:00, for a very brief trip.
The crew at Quiet Waters had defoliated my favorite bug spot, so I didn’t find very much at all. A passing crow posed briefly.

Black Billed Cuckoo

I took this lat Fall at Governor Bridge and recently had occasion to look at it again. The tail and breast are wrong for a Yellow Billed Cuckoo, which I didn’t notice in my haste. It’s a Black Billed Cuckoo, and a life bird for me.

American Crow

I usually pass up crows, but this one was close, in good light.

Beetle 88

Common Buckeye 3

Insect 564

Insect 565

Caterpillar 117

Bee 48

Today's bugs.

Today’s bugs.

Caterpillars at Governor Bridge Natural Area

It was the kind of gloomy morning that makes you think twice about going out. I got to Governor Bridge about sunrise and spent some time looking for bugs, to very little effect.
I also spent some time trying to capture hummingbirds inf light, but the poor light and bad luck conspired against me.
In the end, caterpillars were my best finds.

Rain drops usually enhance an image.

Rain drops usually enhance an image.

Caterpillar 115

Insect 563

Ladybug 35

Cross Lined Wave 3

Hummingbird Clearwing 19

Hummingbird Clearwing 18

Stink Bug Nymph 1

Broad Headed Sharpshooter 16

Milkweed Beetle 2

Bee 47

Bee 46

Today's  bugs.

Today’s bugs.

Prairie Warbler at Sands Road Park

We’ve had a great run of good weather lately. When I got to Sands Road, it was in the 70s and stayed that way for several hours. I experimented with some extreme closeups for a while (It’s difficult) then walked about halfway around the big field looking for birds, and found a few. I looked for bugs a while longer, then went to Wooton and did the same.
It was a decent day.

Blue Grosbeak

This Blue Grosbeak was a little distant, but he’s worth including.

Eastern Towhee

Eastern Towhee

Eastern Towhees can often be seen singing fro the tops of small trees.

Prairie Warbler

Prairie Warbler

Prairie Warbler

Prairie Warbler

I’ve only seen a few Prairie Warblers this year.

This is a very small pine cone that appealed to me.

This is a very small pine cone that appealed to me.

Insect 561

June Bug 3

Grasshopper 56

Grasshopper 57

Caterpillar 113

Beetle 87

Beetle 86

Assassin Bug 8

Caterpillar 114

Dragonfly 134

Dragonfly 133

Tussock Moth Nymph 3

Today's bugs.

Today’s bugs.

Dragonfly Eyes at Truxtun Park

I had an appointment this morning, so I didn’t get to spend much time hunting. It was just as well, as the humidity was brutal.
I went to Truxtun early, then to Ellen Moyers Park after my appointment. I didn’t find much, but there were lots of bees and wasps.

Dragonfly

This dragonfly was perched too high to reach, but he let me move the branch into view.

Wasp 45

Beetle 84

Wasp 46

Skipper 8

Skipper 9

Insect 554

Moth 78

Rose Chafer 5

Insect 555

Moth 79

Praying Mantis 33

Wasp 47

Insect 556

Bee 45

Today's bugs.

Today’s bugs.

Blue Grosbeak at Governor Bridge Natural Area

The cloudy weather continued this morning, but I went to Governor Bridge to see what I might find. Bug hunting started slowly, and I switched to birds after an hour or so, and did reasonably well.
I finished up with another hour of bugging, and found some cool caterpillars.

Common Yellowthroat

Common Yellowthroat

This Common Yellowthroat popped up right in front of me.

Great Crested Flycatcher

I haven’t seen a Great Crested Flycatcher in quite a while.

Indigo Bunting

Indigo Buntings can be heard in several areas.

Blue Gray Gnatcatcher
Blue Gray Gnatcatcher

Blue Gray Gnatcatcher

Several Blue Gray Gnatcatchers were foraging near the big field.

Caterpillar

Caterpillar

This is a most peculiar Caterpillar Update: It’s a Cross-lined Wave.

Insect 553

Caterpillar 107

Caterpillar 108

Caterpillar 110

Caterpillar 109

Beetle 83

Insect 551

Snout Beetle 2

Fly 46

Today's bugs.

Today’s bugs.

Yellow Breasted Chat at Greenbury Point

Another cloudy day, so I went looking for bugs early in hopes of seeing some sun later, but it didn’t happen. Local places always seem better in lousy weather, so I did the Jonas Green/Greenbury routine again. I found a few bugs in each place, and got a half-decent shot of the Chat.

Yellow Breasted Chat

When I’m looking for bugs, I usually have my 300mm lens, so I was lucky to be able to sneak up close this Yellow Breasted Chat.

This large flower is growing in front of the Nature Center.

This large flower is growing in front of the Nature Center.

Insect 548

Insect 549

Wasp 42

Wasp 43

Caterpillar 106

Bee 43

Bee 44

Dragonfly 130

Butterfly 31

Monarch Butterfly 101

Insect 550

Lacewing 2

Insect 545

Bee 42

Ailanthus Webworm Moth 9

Partridge Bug 1 (2)

Partridge Bug 1 (3)

Partridge Bug 1 (4)

Partridge Bug 1 (5)

Insect 546

Today's bugs.

Today’s bugs.

House Wren at Sands Road Park

Another gray and cloudy day which I thought was going to be a bust. I went back to Sands Road to see if the bug situation had improved, but there wasn’t much going on.
I decided to try birding the big field even with the lousy light, and it was a worthwhile effort.
I found a couple of bugs afterward, so it was a good enough day.

Red Eyed Vireo

This is the first Red Eyed Vireo I’ve seen at Sands Road.

Yellow Billed Cuckoo

Yellow Billed Cuckoo

I’ve been having good luck finding Yellow Billed Cuckoos recently.

Field Sparrow

Field Sparrows seem to be abundant at Sands.

Common Yellowthroat

Common Yellowthroat

Common Yellowthroat

Common Yellowthroat

Common Yellowthroat Warblers are nesting at Sands Road.

House Wren

House Wren

This House Wren was a nice find as I don’t see many.

Wasp

Wasp

Wasp

Experimenting with the macro setup.

Grasshopper 54

Lacewing 1

Insect 544

Insect 543

Butterfly 30

Wasp 41

Today's bugs.

Today’s bugs.

Prairie Warbler at Sands Road Park

The cool weather continued today, and my plan was to return to Governor Bridge, but the truck wanted to go to Wooton, so we compromised on Sands Road. This park is a huge open field surrounded by trees and shrubs, and I was very surprised to see that someone had mowed the entire field, which must be at least a quarter mile in diameter. That made walking much easier than walking through the tall grass.

Blue Grosbeak

This female Blue Grosbeak was foraging near the edge of the field.

Common Yellowthroat

Common Yellowthroat

Common Yellowthroat

I saw several Common Yellowthroats.

Northern Cardinal

This Northern Cardinal was greeting the morning with a song.

Field Sparrow

I’ve seen several Field Sparrows at Sands Road.

Prairie Warbler

Prairie Warbler

Prairie Warbler

It’s been a while since I’ve seen a Prairie Warbler

Flower 78

Flower 77

Miscellaneous images.

Miscellaneous images.

Grasshopper 53

Beetle 81

Beetle 82

Insect 539

Common Whitetail 5

Ant 20

Beetle 79

Fly 43

Fly 44

Fly 45

Insect 540

Insect 541

Broad Headed Sharpshooter 14

Praying Mantis 31

Praying Mantis 32

Damsel Fly 26

Damsel Fly 25

Insect 542

Caterpillar 104

Today's bugs.

Today’s bugs.