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.

Red Eyed Vireo at Governor Bridge Natural Area

The current cold front has provided near perfect weather for birding. The clear skies inspired me to start with birds this morning, and it worked out OK. I got a few decent shots of some nice birds.
The bug hunting was oddly slow, but I do have a bug I haven’t seen before.

Red Eyed Vireo

Red Eyed Vireo

I haven’t gotten close to a Red Eyed Vireo in quite a while.

White Eyed Vireo

White Eyed Vireo

White Eyed Vireo

White Eyed Vireos are still around in good numbers.

Indigo Bunting

I saw two pairs of Indigo Buntings this morning.

Broad Headed Sharpshooter 13

Dragonfly 128

Ant 19

Insect 538

Grasshopper 52

Dragonfly 127

Ant 19

Dragonfly 126

Insect 538

Grasshopper 52

Dragonfly 127

Insect 539

Insect 540Poison Ivy Sawfly

Today's bugs.

Today’s bugs.

Yellow Billed Cuckoo at Governor Bridge Natural Area

It was cloudy, warm and humid this morning, and Governor Bridge opened after a week’s shutdown, so I got there shortly after dawn to continue experimenting with the macro lens.
The skies cleared after a couple of hours, which gave me some time to look for birds, and I found a few nice ones.

Red Cooter

Red Cooter 3

Red Cooter

This Red Cooter was working his way across the path.

Indigo Bunting

This Indigo Bunting was just close enough for a picture.

Yellow Billed Cuckoo

Yellow Billed Cuckoo

Yellow Billed Cuckoo

This Yellow Billed Cuckoo flew into the tree I was observing.

Eastern Phoebe

Eastern Phoebes are flycatchers.

Hummingbird Clearwing 17

Snout Beetle 1

Insect 530

Rose Chafer 3

Fly 39

Fly 40

Sharpshooter 8

Bee 41

Today's bugs.

Today’s bugs.

Bug Hunting at Jonas Green Park

The weatherman was calling for rain, and the humidity made a believer of me. I stopped at Jonas Green Park for a while, then went to Greenbury in hopes of finding some of the butterflies I missed yesterday. No luck.
I also got a new macro lens, which I’m playing with.

Painted Lady 1

Fly 36

Moth 77

Insect 526

Spiky Bug 1

Caterpillar 102

Caterpillar 103

Sharpshooter 4

Sharpshooter 5

Sharpshooter 6

Bee 37

Damsel Fly 23

Two Banded Japanese Weevil 2

Ladybug 33

Insect 527

Beetle 75

Beetle 76

Fly 37

Insect 528

Bee 38

Bee 39

Bee 40

Damsel Fly 24

Today's bugs.

Today’s bugs.

Sharpshooter 7

Bald Faced Hornet 1

Butterfly 29

Taken with the new macro lens.

Taken with the new macro lens.

A Bunch of Butterflies at Greenbury Point

I got an early start, as usual, because the weather gods promised high heat and humidity.
I checked out Greenbury Point, where I found a few good bugs, some birds, and a nice selection of butterflies. I may go back tomorrow to catch the ones I missed.

Chipping Sparrow

Greenbury Point has always been a good spot for Chipping Sparrows.

Yellow Breasted Chat

I see and hear more Yellow Breasted Chats at Greenbury than anywhere else.

Tussock Moth Nymph 1

Insect 521

Insect 522

Moth 75

Insect 523

Insect 524

Candystripe Leafhopper 103

Insect 525

Stink Bug 7

Damsel Fly 19

Damsel Fly 20

Damsel Fly 21

Insect 520

Today's bugs.

Today’s bugs.

Moth 74

Red Admiral 3

Sulfur Butterfly  2

Sulfur Butterfly  3

Some very nice butterflies.

Some very nice butterflies.

Carolina Wren at Sands Road Park

It was a little hotter than yesterday, but still cool enough to put in a few hours. I started with bugs at Sands Road, then switched to birds when it looked like the Sun was going to come out. I was premature, but some good birds did show.
Birds were scarce at Wooton, and I only spent a short time hunting bugs.

Goldfinch 102

Goldfinch

A small flock of Goldfinches was flying aound the big field.

Chipping Sparrow

This Chipping Sparrow was foraging near the parking lot.

Field Sparrow

Field Sparrow

Field Sparrows aren’t rare, but I don’t see many.

Eastern Kingbird

I saw more Eastern Kingbirds last year than this.

Blue Grosbeak

Blue Grosbeak

Blue Grosbeak

This Blue Grosbeak has found a tasty Praying Mantis.

Yellow Billed Cuckoo

Yellow Billed Cuckoo

This Yellow Billed Cuckoo spent a good 10 minutes preening right in front of me.

Carolina Wren

It’s been a while since I got a good look at a Carolina Wren.

I don't have a name for this flower.

I don’t have a name for this flower.

Black Racer

This Black Racer was lurking in the grass near the path.

Broad Headed Sharpshooter 11

Fly 35

Ailanthus Webworm Moth 7

Stink Bug 6

Insect 514

Insect 515

Insect 516

Beetle 73

Insect 517

Insect 518

Moth 73

Cricket 2

Insect 519

Today's buygs.

Today’s bugs.